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First hour: Henry Herskovitz of Ann Arbor, MI is the prime target of an 86-page lawsuit filed last month by Marvin Gerber. Henry, who visited Palestine two decades ago and saw the suffering of Palestinian genocide victims, has been leading anti-Zionist protests outside the Beth Israel Synagogue every Saturday for the past sixteen years.

On January 6, Henry explained to the Ann Arbor City Council why he leads the Beth Israel protests, and got pushback from a City Councilman named Ackerman. Below is Henry’s email.

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“Anti-Semitism in modern America looks exactly like Mr. Herskovitz”

Thus spoke Ann Arbor City Councilman Zachary Ackerman on January 6 in response to this writer’s Comments to Council explaining why Beth Israel Congregation is the proper venue for protest against the Jewish state. That three-minute address to council follows signature. Mr. Ackerman’s name-calling tirade can be found here.

Mr. Ackerman must have listened to former Israeli Education Minister Shulamit Aloni when she confessed to Amy Goodman about this name-calling Hasbara tactic: “Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country [the US] people are criticizing Israel, then they are antisemitic.”

Mr. Ackerman did not factually challenge any of the points raised in my comments:

Foreign flag in synagogue
Weekly Prayer spoken to that foreign country
Churches more universal than synagogues
Jewish holidays portray Jews as victims in an alleged hostile world

He merely resorted to insult and slander. And this from an elected official sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, including its First Amendment protections. Perhaps Mr. Ackerman seeks a promising political career in an environment wherein truth is subordinate to image.

New Plaintiff Added to Federal Lawsuit

An amended Complaint adds “Holocaust survivor” Dr. Miriam Brysk to the Plaintiff dock, joining Marvin Gerber in his anti-First Amendment lawsuit against Witness for Peace, the longest running street protest in Ann Arbor history. Readers can view the new document here.

Henry Herskovitz
Between 4-7 vigilers on January 4, 11
Thumbs: 17, Fingers: 3 on Jan. 11
Witness for Peace
Resisting Jewish Power for 16 years
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Delivered to Council Jan. 6, 2020

Topic: Political protests at Beth Israel Synagogue

Good evening,

I would like to explain to Council why our group selected Beth Israel Congregation as the appropriate venue for protests against the Jewish state.

Sixteen years ago we wrote:

“We hold vigils outside this synagogue because Beth Israel is a political institution as well as house of worship, using its faith to promote a nationalist political agenda…”

Then in 2007 Rabbi Dobrusin confirmed that the entire congregation supported Israel’s claimed right to exist as a Jewish state. And we oppose that claim to a right to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its non-Jewish inhabitants.

We noted that Beth Israel flies a foreign flag in its sanctuary; that the congregation recites a prayer for the state of Israel every week; that many congregants wave Israeli flags as they drive into the parking lot, and that some even sport Jewish-Israeli license plates.

We then recognized the great insight into racial differences by Malcolm X. He said to white activists, “The Negroes aren’t the racists. Where the really sincere white people have got to do their ‘proving’ of themselves is not among the black victims, but out there on the battle lines of where America’s racism really is – and that’s in their own home communities.”

Let’s rephrase that. “The Palestinians aren’t the racists. Where the really sincere Jewish people have got to do their ‘proving’ of themselves is not among the Palestinian victims, but out there on the battle lines of where Israel’s racism really is – and that’s in their own Jewish communities.”

The synagogue is the core of the Jewish community; Beth Israel is no exception. The Jewish chauvinism formed there is reflected in Jewish holidays, where Jews are portrayed as victims of an alleged hostile world.

An unhealthy, toxic paradigm of “us versus them” is thus formed. It is a paradigm which is the opposite from the universalism expressed in Christianity. The Jewish community self-isolates from the others.

Consider some signs in front of local churches: Bethlehem Church says “God’s doors are open to all” First Congregational says “All are welcome”. First Baptist, “Open to all; closed to none”

But sadly, not so at Beth Israel. Its support of a self-isolated Jewish state makes it the legitimate venue for protest.

Thank you,

Henry Herskovitz

(Republished from Truth Jihad by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Art says:

    But sadly, not so at Beth Israel. Its support of a self-isolated Jewish state makes it the legitimate venue for protest.

    The tribal Jew elders have managed their isolation as a tribal group, by psychologically abusing their children, starting at very young ages.

    Young Jews (3, 4, 5) are fed stories designed to frighten and isolate them. These stories say that all of humanity innately hates them and wants to kill them. The children have no intellectual capability or capacity to reject these lies. These stories are traumatic, they stay with them all their lives. These stories lay in their subconscious minds. In later life when any criticism of Jews occurs, the grown-up Jew automatically becomes defensive – his mind short circuits to an irrational fear fed to him in his childhood.

    If this cultural child abuse continues generation after generation – Jew self-isolation will always haunt them.

    • Agree: Jett Rucker, Rusty nail
  2. Rational says:

    HERSKOVITZ: A GOOD JEWISH MAN GIVES ME HOPE FOR HUMANITY.

    Interesting article, Sir. Mr. Herskovitz is himself Jewish. I wish him luck. I hope this SLAPP suit is thrown out, as the whole purpose to intimidate people from standing against these savages, the Judaists.

    To the Judaists suing him, they need to read the first amendment of the US Constitution, which grants US citizens FREEDOM OF SPEECH. These protests are clearly protected speech.

    You cannot sue somebody for exercising this right, even if the speech hurts your feelings.

    90% of the things Judaists write and say in the media, such as calling for more 3rd world sewer (immigration), showing white women with black men (whoremongering), calling patriots racists, while promoting the exact opposite for Israel/themselves, make me sick and make me vomit and do cause me severe emotional distress. So can we all sue these savages?

    His “protest signs have carried messages such as “Resist Jewish Power,” “Jewish Power Corrupts,” “No More Holocaust Movies,” “Boycott Israel,” “Stop U.S. Aid to Israel” and “End the Palestinian holocaust.”” All this is very true. How many dual citizen Israeli criminals in the US Congress?

    Instead of becoming civilized, and having shame, and leaving the criminal cult of Judaism, the Judaists, savages in suits, worshipers of a fictitious mass murderer Moshe, are terrorizing those who expose their evil.

    • Agree: Jett Rucker, Druid
  3. Derer says:

    If Washington players are honorable people they would slap Israel with sanctions instead of American taxpayers aid. The apartheid treatment of aboriginal Palestinians in their own land is abhorrent to humanity. Ordinary Americans should rise and demand referendum on paying unconditionally Israel from the public purse. There is already billions of American money going to Israel thru disloyal American Israelite donations – stop the tax exemptions if donated to Israel.

    • Agree: Crazy Horse
    • Replies: @Jett Rucker
  4. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @Derer

    The government of the United States (and, indeed, the governments of many of its states) is, indeed, Zionist-occupied.

  5. A Palestinian perspective and experience:

    When I was a little girl I lived in a little village north west of Jerusalem called Beit Iksa, just on the opposite hills of the annihilated village of Deir Yassin.

    Adults in my village used to talk in whispers about Jews, yet, never mention them directly in front of us children. If it ever happens that we heard something, they would stop talking and swiftly change the subject. We knew nothing about the attacks, horrors, massacres, ethnic cleansing and terror inflected upon Palestinians in villages only a stone’s throw away, all around. Left to my own devices, and having a wild buoyant imagination, I used to think Jews are monsters, mythical beings, who exist only in children’s stories, they were not real, and most certainly not human beings.

    When I met them, in 1967, after the invasion of my village, I was seven at the time, it was utterly shocking to see they were actually real, moreover, they were human beings who look exactly like us. It took me years to adjust to this new reality and come to terms with the fact that those who devastated our lives irreversibly, kicked us out of our homes and took over our homeland by sheer brutality, were actually humans.

    Fast forward, forty years later, I stumbled upon a word “Neshomeh“; my world was flipped upside down, gates of Hell flung open before my eyes, I was pushed decades back in time.

    I learned that “Neshomeh” means “Jewish soul” which is an “additional distinct divine” soul that every Jew posses, unlike us, non-Jews, who only posses “animal souls”. I became physically sick and wept for weeks to discover that such a profound ideological supremacy even exists. The devastation continued as I learned of their teaching which differentiates between Jews and non-Jews on levels of morality, spirituality and intellect, so much so that some believe the entire universe is created for their sake, and that the rest of mankind are created only to serve them.

    Many years of study and scrutiny lead me to conclude that the supremacist ideology which sets them apart from the rest of humanity is the biggest stumbling block and the real obstacle to peace and coexistence. In retrospect, my childhood perception about the invaders who occupied my homeland being monsters was not far fetched. What I see now is indeed monstrous still, but it’s another form of hideousness, on a different level all together, it is a monstrosity of the soul.

    What was even more devastating to discover was that even many of the so called “atheist” Jews, knowingly or not, are participating in that system of oppression by choosing to benefit from this arrangement, not only by keeping the privileges they acquired by ethnically cleansing of another people, but also by being active participants and willingly complicit in the concealment of this heinous ideology, and by forcefully attacking and slandering any “gentile” who comes to learn/talk about it.

    Thus I am always puzzled at those good-intentioned yet deluded individuals who try to convince themselves and the rest of the world with the illusion of a “one state solution with equal rights for all”.

    Keep aside the unspeakable injustice that such a solution presents against Palestinian, as it grants war criminals the consent and seal of approval of their victims to colonize their land forever. Forget the fact that equating the CRIMINAL with his VICTIM is adding insult to injury. Put aside the fact that imposing on the victim to be eternally entangled with his abuser which means intensifying and prolonging the suffering and horror of the crime. Forget all the above, the real tragedy is, those who are chasing the mirage of peace with ideological supremacist fail to realise that peace and equality with violent ideological supremacists whose ideology is heaving with commandments to “hate” and to “exterminate” the “evil” other, is an oxymoron, an impossibility by definition. Simply because supremacists perceive you and I as animals, a lower rank of creation, in levels of spirituality, morality and intellect, so whatever you do, in their eyes, you will never be anything but an animal created only to serve them or a commodity to be used, exploited and enslaved.

    https://nahidaexiledpalestinian.wordpress.com/2019/06/10/monstrosity-of-soul/

    • Agree: Kevin Barrett, bjondo
    • Replies: @bjondo
  6. melpol says:

    Arabs living within or around the borders of Israel are not called Palestinians but just dispossessed Arabs. Desert Kingdoms are available for these dispossessed Arabs who want to build a life for themselves. Unfortunately most are primitive and are not wanted by other Arab nations. But must not be allowed to wither and die. It is up to Israel to support these Arabs and hope they find work among prosperous Iranians or Saudis. American Indians and Mexicans numbered in the Millions and were dispossessed from their native lands. Most withered and died. Israel is much more compassionate to its Arabs. True some died in conflict but most lived on thanks to Jewish taxpayer donations.

    • Troll: Art
    • Replies: @Druid
  7. bjondo says:
    @Nahida Exiled

    Two states:

    Palestine for Palestinians.

    Toxic landfill in Jersey for Jew.
    Surrounded by 10 meter high wall,
    toxic moat, razor wire.
    No checkpoints. No movement.

    Meal on Saturdays: kosher sewage.

    All zionized countries, companies,
    institutions, individuals, and Jew
    will need to contribute to the cleaning
    of ugliness and filth.

    No Jew will ever set foot in Palestine again.

    5ds

  8. 3959 says:

    Any organization or individual is at risk of being attacked by a plaintiff with money and motivation, to be “put out of business” by the inordinate costs of Justice in our legal system.

    The Gerber-Herskovitz lawsuit is against an array of defendants, jointly and severally. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jointly%20and%20severally Very clever to go after the City of Ann Arbor and its officers, from the Plaintiff’s point of view; that is, if the Plaintiff succeeds in getting a jury trial. Juries tend to play Santa Claus if the Defendant appears to have deep pockets.

    An utterly frivolous lawsuit can perhaps be dismissed, but only after spending tens of thousands of dollars in court fees. Essentially, the Constitution offers no protection for little people.

    It could be regarded as a, “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”. Michigan has no law against “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” SLAPP https://www.rcfp.org/resources/anti-slapp-laws/

    Similarly, there is now the situation of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights being caught in the toils of a lawsuit that relies on the notion on the fungibility of money to relate the US Campaign to incendiary balloon attacks in Israel/Palestine, by Hamas. So, were the USCPR donations intended for school books, or for incendiary “ bnzyn”? It will go on for years; could be an example of using the Law to pervert the purpose of the Law.

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