Skip to main content

View Diary: Rachel Corrie Film Causes Outrage at SF Filmfest (184 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  At least this drew attention (0+ / 0-)

    to Koret and its activities in support of the illegal settler enterprise. I sure didn't know what role they played there and I'll bet you anything lots of other Jewish people didn't either. Now that they stepped into the limelight with this ill-guided campaign to discredit an upstanding young american citizen, her parents and peace oriented jewish movements (all terrorist supporters!) perhaps many of us will make sure none of our contributions go to them or to fellow groups.

    I think this whole sorry episode did much to bring negative attention to an excellent festival - which only goes to show where koret's true interests really are. Their actions did nothing to further the festival's goal and did much to sabotage it's purpose. No other foreign movie festival was as successful as the SFJFF and had such a loyal following and contributor base. I know, because I was also involved once in a French movie festival on the pennisula which unfortunately did not survive it's founder's untimely demise.

    Koret seems to have fallen victim to selfish interests that care nothing about the festival or the greater good of the bay area's jewish community. Time perhaps to address what this means.

    •  I'm sure your massive contributions to Koret (0+ / 0-)

      will be sorely missed.

      Sisterhood is powerful!

      by Shane Hensinger on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 03:08:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  This was rather petty (0+ / 0-)

        perchance you are implying your own contributions be far more massive? or what exactly are you implying?

        My point was that this will backfire on Koret. many of their contributors surely had no idea they have been supporting an illegal, illegitimate activity that is at odds with US's interests, and many - not just me - will want to have nothing to do with such unjust organization. The people Koret has been channeling funds to could not call Obama enough racist names and are at it as we speak. They "like" america only when America does what they want. These nationalist zealot entities that are terrorizing the palestinians through pogroms and IDF-supported robbery are also robbing Israel of what values it ever shared with the US. Why should anyone in this country support a group like Koret that's not only  justifying the murder of an upstanding US citizens (Rachel), has zero compassion for her bravery, call her names and is doing what it can to cover up the barbarous nature of the act that led to her absolutely tragic death? That while also - in their letter - villifying the Quaker community - yes, that's the one that has fought so many injustices in the past including slavery. now what kind of an organization is this and why should any progressive jewish person give them a penny, seeing as there are so many far more worthy causes to contribute to?

        Koret can do what it wants but it's good to keep in mind that they are a charitable organization with non-profit status - much as the holy land foundation was - and we know what happened to  them. maybe what was good for the goose should be good for the gander?

        •  You defend Holy Land Foundation (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not going to.

          I'm sure if you pour through the contributions of many foundations you'll always be able to find something objectionable. Koret's focus is on building healthy families and communities through targeted, locally-based solutions. They also help fund Jewish student's education - like mine.

          This focus on their small-loan program in Israel is absurd. Because some of those funds may have gone to a small farmer in the West Bank doesn't mean they're supportive of "nationalist zealot entities that are terrorizing the palestinians through pogroms and IDF-supported robbery."

          Besides, this argument is absurd. 99.9% of the commenters here don't give to Koret or have anything to do with Koret or any of the activities it funds. They are, as usual, talking out of their asses to make themselves feel better for their relative powerlessness to affect change on the issues they care about.

          Sisterhood is powerful!

          by Shane Hensinger on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 05:36:06 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I took an issue (0+ / 0-)

            with Koret because I did donate to them in the past (though as you imply perhaps it was not as stratospheric as others'. But then I'm not a wall street banker or a bonusee of aig either). others on this thread may not have known much about Koret but now they do - because of this nasty incident. So they have every right to comment on this one matter.

            Koret's many local activities may be commendable enough (obviously I thought so once). But that "small" loan program to settlers- as you call it - is not as small as you make it out to be, based on what I've just found thanks to the attention. And there are other highly dubious programs they now support (which I doubt they did in the past) which tells me that an unfortunate political agenda has been creeping into their activities. seeing the knee jerk response to the rachel corrie movie makes me rather suspicious of the overall agenda at Koret now as well as at Taube's.  in fact, I have always wondered why the rachel incident has been such a rallying cry and for whom.

            There were quite a few controversial movies and documentaries at the festival - as you should well know. So why the hoopla now and why the racket over Corrie's mother speaking? has some kind of a tribal taboo been broken that I did not know existed?

            BTW, I heard the theatre was full to near capacity for the movie and that the audience's disdain of that last minute add-on right wing speaker was not exactly well received. I can only hope you were there - as I'm out of the area for the summer. We'll be hearing how it's playing out at the other penninsula locations.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site