Archive for September 24th, 2011

24
Sep
11

enough!

An exhibition of artwork by Palestinian kids in Gaza which was to have opened today at The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland was cancelled in response to pressure from pro-Israel groups in the Bay Area. “Great news!” crowed the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. “The ‘Child’s view from Gaza’ exhibit at MOCHA has been canceled thanks to some great East Bay Jewish community organizing.”

The museum had been working on the project for months with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), which has announced plans to hold an opening reception for the exhibit anyway in the museum’s courtyard this afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Pacific time. Volunteers will hold the artwork for viewing and MECA is working on securing another location so people in the community will have an ongoing opportunity to see this censored artwork.

It is so hypocritical and wrong that a Holocaust museum in Washington DC is allowed to justify “the policy of colonial military occupation of the land of the Palestinian people and all of the brutality of aggression and racial discrimination against our people that this policy entails” (to borrow the words of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in yesterday’s UN speech), while the truth of the 1948 Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) and its terrible aftermath is suppressed.

Had the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay not pulled off this ham-fisted affront to free speech and free thought in America, I would probably not be taking the time to comment on it. But their actions demand that the artwork by these children who live with the daily consequences of the conflict must receive greater exposure than it might otherwise have received.

 

I end this post, this appeal for truth, peace, and justice, by giving President Abbas the last word:

“I come before you today….to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people in the homeland and in the Diaspora, to say, after 63 years of suffering of the ongoing Nakba: Enough! It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.”

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Groove of the Day 

Listen to Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer performing “Enough Is Enough”