• Dean

    Perpetuate what cycle, Lorne Finkelstein? The only cycle that is evident is the continual cycle of hate from Islamists and leftist useful idiots who get funding from foreign jihadist sources. If you cower and are afraid to write a letter for fear of other letters, then you are the loser. Weakness has never worked for Jews under attack. Putting up displays of how kind and concerned Israel is to medically treat “Palestinian” children hardly addresses the problem of antisemitism and blood libel in a fraudulent propaganda art display in Hamilton meant to incite hatred against Israel. The public and the folks at the library do not care about the kindness of Jews because they are busy with their Goebbels initiatives and will view your efforts as acquiescence and contrition – in effect, you have thrown in the towel and agree with them by your silence. These enemies of Israel thrive on the silence on the lambs.

  • Dean

    BTW: The “as-yet-unconfirmed Hamilton venue” for an upcoming showing has been confirmed and will be shown at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque. This is the Mosque’s concept of dialogue and civic inclusion: Blood libel against the Jews is a big part of shaping attitudes and having the community submit. Nobody should a word – sha-shtil!

    See: http://www.cjpme.org/EventVenueDetails.aspx?EventVenueID=164

  • Dean

    Why not show pictures of the carnage involving tens of thousands of victims of jihad or pictures of Daniel Pearl being beheaded by the same jihadists who also operate in Gaza and throughout the Middle East? Oh my, we wouldn’t want to upset the terrorists by showing them in an evil light – they might write letters and get the last say!

  • Dean

    Why not tell about the Al Dura hoax propaganda or describe what is happening in Pallywood, the Palestinian version of Hollywood, whose sole purpose is to create fake media that shows Palestinians as victims and Jews as demons? No, let’s let the Pals keep that a close secret between themselves and the rest of the world.

  • Dean

    This makes me wonder if Lorne Finkelstein has ever been to an angry demonstration where Islamists and leftists bring in speakers to campus and then scream, “shame. shame” when any other voices try to ask questions or make their points. I think that it would be very instructive for their entire Public Relations Committee to start getting involved rather than attending sporadic meetings and shooting down activists for fear of attracting attention. The entire focus of the PR is to “be nice” but I am sorry, Sir Finkelstein and committee, we are not in Kansas anymore!

  • Dean

    SHHHHHHH…don’t talk about this – the public might find out.

  • Dean

    How about revealing the extent to which Hamas and the PA indoctrinate their children to hate other people, most especially, Jews? Show what they are leaning in their schools and Mosques and on TV. Show the curriculum that incites hatred in the same way as do the faked pictures shown at the PUBLIC LIBRARY in Hamilton. I am very tired of our organizations playing politics, sending reps to speak with PA and Jordan, while they tell everyone else to shut up here at home. While they are off making fools of themselves and being made into fools by Islamists, the money they get from you is spent on ego-driven projects and there is none left for activism even if that were their objective, which it is not. Politics and winning the approval of the left is the primary objective and focus it seems.

  • Dean

    There is a great body of evidence to show how Hamas and other terror groups use their children as human shields and as child soldier/terrorists. Examples abound in Gaza where after a campaign of firing rockets for years into Southern Israel, the IDF had no choice but to end the unilateral war against their own Israeli civilians. Would a display making the case that using children as human shields as well as suicide bombers show too much truth about terrorists from the perspective of the Hamilton Federation and would it be accepted by the Hamilton Public Library after the bar has been lowered already by asking to show a display about compassion towards Palestinians – compassion and care that, by the way, is thrown back into our faces as terrorism and hate?

  • Dean

    One person had a letter against the blood libel published in TheSpec ( http://www.thespec.com/opinion/letters/article/804030–library-art-display-incites-hatred ). At least one other letter that I am aware of was sent to TheSpec but not published. The Public Relations Committee, according to this article, made no attempt to make their case nor support for the other letter writer in the newspaper against the blood libel at the public library.They did not back up the initial letter writer even after responses came in from CJPME’s Woodley and his posse. Perhaps because it did not come from one of theirs that the decision was made to ignore it. This happens all of the time; people are kept uninformed and those who are self-informed are told to shut up. Appeasement, control over the agenda and egotism trump activism in Hamilton and across the country as vocal and active enemies get more powerful and have carte blanche to broadcast the propaganda against Jews and Israel. We need a complete housecleaning with regard to Jewish agencies and those who pretend to speak for us at home and, very strangely, abroad. They are not doing their job effectively and money does not trickle down to where it is spent to defend Jews and Israel against scurrilous attacks.

  • Dean

    Here is a link to some research done which indicates that this “art” is actually a contrived blood libel fake:

    http://www.aish.com/shraga_blog/Fake-Gaza-Art-.html

  • Dean

    Are Federation groups so out of touch with reality and morality that they would rather raise money for Palestinians (who throw it back at us in terror, war, hate and global jihad and propaganda) than Israelis? Do they not realize the horror at Israel’s doorstep? How about raising money for bomb shelters and arms to defend Israel? Do these groups think that appeasement and dialogue will buy Islamic acceptance of Israel? I have even heard some Fed spokespeople posit that Israel does not need our help anymore.

  • Jewish Reader

    Why not an exhibit entitled “Gays of Gaza” showing what will happen to some of those children when they grow up and are discovered to be gay. Surely the Hamilton Library’s concern for the children of Gaza extends to the gays of Gaza.

  • media watch

    The “demonize
    Israel” campaign was in full swing at the Hamilton Public Library recently
    thanks to an exhibit organized by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle
    East (CJPME) supposedly depicting Gaza children’s art.
    While there’s nothing wrong with displaying political art, except
    in this case, this “artwork” was not drawn by children at all, but rather by
    sophisticated artists trying to mimic a child’s style, in order to better pull
    at the heartstrings of a Western audience.
    The unanimous opinion of
    experts is that these drawings – which depict
    various scenes of alleged “Israeli brutality” – are far too sophisticated to
    have been drawn by children. Contrary to CJPME President Thomas Woodley’s claims
    as published in the Hamilton
    Spectator, this artwork cannot be considered
    “authentic”. The symbolism, detail, colouring and motifs all indicate the work
    of trained artists imitating the style of a child. For example, those attending
    this exhibit should note how the dynamic brushstrokes are well conceived and
    controlled, and how the people are drawn in a clear single-line outline. No
    child does that.

    There’s another clear indication that this artwork is fraudulent.
    One would think that a children’s art exhibit would eagerly publicize the names
    of the artists and elaborate on their own personal stories – which is often more
    compelling than the art. Yet for some bizarre reason, none of the drawings are
    signed, and none of the “artists” in this exhibit are named. Can CJPME even
    confirm the veracity of this artwork?
    One anti-Israel website tried to explain away this omission,
    claiming that the art was often drawn and painted in the dark, due to limited
    electricity and frequent power outages as a result of the “Israeli siege of
    Gaza.” Hmmm… So kids can spend an hour drawing an intricate picture, but can’t
    find the ten seconds to write their own names?

    This is far from the first time that anti-Israel
    adherents have used fraudulent media methods to tar the Jewish state.
    RememberMuhammed
    al-Dura, the 12-year-old Palestinian boy allegedly
    caught in crossfire and killed at the beginning of the second Intifada? To this
    very day, there are many expert suspicions about who killed this boy and yet,
    pro-Palestinian zealots exploit him as a martyr for the Palestinian cause. Now
    in Hamilton, Ontario, visitors to a public art display are subject to the same
    kind of scam. It’s all part of what is called “Pallywood,” a cottage industry
    dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda materials that demonize
    Israel.
    Beyond this, the exhibit “A Child’s View from Gaza,” falls far
    short of exposing the realities of the conflict. For while the artwork attempts
    to highlight the trauma of Palestinian children’s experiences during the Gaza
    War, which lasted a mere three weeks; Israeli men, women and children,
    particularly in the town of Sderot, have been murdered and have suffered
    record-high rates of post-traumatic stress due to thousands of incessant rocket
    attacks from Gaza for the past seven years, with no end in sight. Yet, for
    CJPME, the trauma of Israelis, specifically its children, is conveniently out of
    sight and out of mind.
    It’s instructive to note that at a time when Syrian children and
    civilians are being slaughtered by the Assad regime in the thousands, this
    anti-Israel organization would rather put Israel straight into the crosshairs —
    instead of curating an exhibit depicting the plight of innocent Syrian children
    who have been ruthlessly targeted by Assad’s henchmen.
    Are the Israelis really “brutal” as the art exhibit
    depicts? Consider: Even at a time when rockets are regularly being fired from
    the Gaza Strip at Israel’s southern communities, Israeli
    hospitals in the north are providing first class
    medical care to Gazan kids. According to the Children’s Hospital at Rambam
    Health Care Campus, four Gazan children, nephrology patients suffering from
    kidney insufficiency, have been hospitalized for several months there where they
    are receiving lifesaving therapy while awaiting kidney
    transplants.
    As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted in
    a speech at the
    UN General Assembly on September 27, “every year, thousands of
    Arabs from the Palestinian territories and Arabs from throughout the Middle East
    come to Israel to be treated in Israeli hospitals by Israeli doctors. It’s
    because Israel cherishes life… and seeks peace.”
    The reality of the current conflict leads inexorably to the
    conclusion that genuine peace will occur only at such time when the Palestinian
    leadership and its supporters prefer to build a Palestinian state, rather than
    destroy a Jewish one. So too, our educators and public institutions here in
    Canada should teach peace and not provide a forum for the indoctrination of a
    pathological hatred of Israelis.
    As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said about
    striving for openness and transparency, “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.
    Calling out this odious exhibit is the best way to neutralize its poisonous
    effect and to promote the enduring peace we all yearn for.
    Author’s Note: Shraga
    Simmons co-authored this commentary. Simmons is a
    foremost expert on media bias relating to the Mideast conflict. He is the
    founding editor of HonestReporting.com and is the author of the acclaimed
    book,“David &
    Goliath: The Explosive Inside Story of Media Bias in the Mideast
    Conflict” (2012).

  • Devorah Goodman Horev

    I am former Hamiltonian, now living in Southern Israel iN the Regional Council of SEDOT NEGEV, 9km. from Gaza. WHEN MY YOUNG CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL, THE ONE THING ON THEIR MIND IS WILL WE HAVE A SIREN THAT MISSILES ARE BEING FIRED FROM GAZA. IS THIS NORMAL?

    MY KIDS ARE AFRAID TO PLAY IN THE PARK FOR FEAR OF A MISSILE BEING FIRED.AND HITTING THEM.

    WHY DO MOTHERS HAVE TO PRAY THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL RETURN HOME SAFE FROM SCHOOL OR OUT PLAYING??? DO FIELD TRIPS IN HAMILTON GET CANCELLED BECAUSE OF OF FLYING ROCKETS? MY CHILDREN’S FIELD TRIP ARE OFTEN CANCELLED.

    DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO CALM DOWN A CHILD AFTER BEING WOKEN FROM A DEEP SLEEP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO A SIREN AND LOUD VIBRATIONAL BOOMS???

    SHOW ME A SCHOOL YARD OUTSIDE OF THE GAZA BELT THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY IN, FOR FEAR THAT THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO RUN FAST ENOUGH TO
    SAFETY???

    CHILDREN IN HAMILTON HAVE FIRE DRILLS IN SCHOOL, MINE HAVE ROCKET DRILLS. IS THAT NORMAL???

    For the Jewish community to allow an exhibit that displays the hatred of arab children towards Israel, is about as low as any Jewish community can get. Raising $30,000 to help 3 arab children, when there are tens of thousands of Israeli children who are living under terror and have been badly injured from arab terror is a disgrace. Have you no shame…..

    Devorah Goodman Horev mother of 7 children