Greta Berlin Book Event Cancelled

It looks like Greta Berlin’s antisemitic chicken may have come home to roost.

Update: It looks like a similar event at UCLA was also cancelled.

Update: And yet more fallout.

Ann Wright Disinvited to Sail

Statement by Ann Wright on the “Dis-Invitation” of her by the Swedish Boat to Gaza “Estelle” steering committee to be on the boat

Two days ago, on October 13, three hours before I was to board a flight to Europe to meet up with the Swedish boat to Gaza, the “Estelle,” the next boat to challenge the Israeli blockade, I was called by a board member of the Estelle who said that because of the furor around Greta Berlin’s posting and because I am a member of the new, 2 week old board of the Free Gaza Movement, I was no longer invited to be a passenger on the “Estelle.”

The board representative acknowledged that the reason for their invitation to me to be on the “Estelle” was that I am a retired US Army Colonel and former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war, that I am a vocal critic of Israeli and United States policies on Palestinians and that I have been to Gaza 4 times in the past 3 years, assisted 7 groups to go to Gaza in 2009, helped organize the December, 2009 Gaza Freedom March, was a passenger on the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, helped organize the 2011 US Boat to Gaza and am an organizer for one of the latest initiatives, Gaza’s Ark.

But, because I am a member of the new board of the Free Gaza movement, and despite the fact I, and Greta and all members of the new board have made public statements posted on the Free Gaza Movement’s website that neither Greta, nor members of the current or previous board are anti-Semitic, bigoted or racist, the fact that I am on the new Free Gaza board was the reason the board of the “Estelle” was withdrawing the invitation for me to sail on the Estelle due to allegations of anti-Semitism of the Swedish Boat to Gaza by pro-Israelis groups in Sweden.

I am saddened by the decision of the board to withdraw its invitation and I believe it is wrong. All of our projects that have challenged Israeli policies toward Palestinians have been called anti-Semitic by pro-Israeli groups. This is not a new tactic used to scare pro-Palestinian groups.

Phil Weiss and Adam Horowitz in an article posted on Mondoweiss said – “there is no room for racism in a movement working for equality, justice and freedom for all in Israel/Palestine”—and they are right, but at the same time, there is no room for throwing long-time international activists for Palestine “off the boat,” so to speak.

Greta Berlin is not an anti-Semite, a bigot or a racist, and neither am I.

I wish the passengers and crew on the “Estelle” a safe voyage in challenging the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza and call for all who support Palestinians to keep their eyes on the prize—justice, dignity and freedom for Palestinians who are suffering under unjust Israeli policies and actions.

Peace to all and among us all,

Ann Wright

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  • Allah’s Porq Sandwich

    Greta Berlin needs to confront credible death threats at every one of her public events.

  • jpl

    “Greta Berlin is not an anti-Semite, a bigot or a racist, and neither am I.”

    Well, what more evidence could you ask for?

    • cba

      In the words of the former President, “I am not a crook!”

  • spindok

    She should know the penalty for getting caught. It is Ok to work for the destruction of the Jews and to demonize everything they stand for. What is not OK is to say it out loud.

    As always “Should you, or any member of your I.M. force, be caught, or killed, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.”

    Even the Secreatry can be disavowed. Watch what happens to Hilary over the Benghazi fiasco.

  • Jrmo

    wow, all we have to do is say we’re not racist and anti-semitic, then we can behave in as racist and anti-semitic manner as we please! How dare you think I hate Jews, when I told you I didn’t!

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