Thursday, July 31, 2008

Update on the "Israelization" of the Michigan State Fairgrounds

I first wrote about this subject back in May, in my post, "Zionists to 'Israelize' Michigan State Fairgrounds." With the Zionist "Fair of Shame" just three weeks away, I'm happy to report that an ad hoc group of activists have stepped up to the plate and are organizing a public protest of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's celebration of genocide, racism, and violence. According to materials on the Next Year in al-Quds blog, the protest is sponsored by the Middle East Task Force and endorsed by the Michigan Peace Team, Ann Arbor Middle East Film Society, and Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends.

The group has also put out five promotional posters in Arabic and English with great anti-Zionist quotes from the Rev. Canon Naim Ateek, an Anglican Palestinian; Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi; former South African President Nelson Mandela; theRight Rev. Desmond Tutu, former Anglican Archbishop of South Africa; and Malcolm X/Al-Hajj Malik al-Shabazz. Although there's nothing on the Next Year in al-Quds blog about it yet, the Palestine Chronicle also published a revealing expose of the sweetheart deal the Jewish Federation got from the State of Michigan to hold their Fair of Shame. The article is called "Celebrating the Nakba and Making Money At It." Check it out and see you on August 21st.

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