Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tell the Mets not to support Hebron settlers!

This week, the US Campaign joined many other organizations including member groups in a campaign to get the New York Mets to cancel a fundraiser for radical settler groups in the Palestinian city of Al Khalil (Hebron). US Campaign member group Adalah-NY is organizing the campaign: The New York Mets are allowing the Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based non-profit supporting violent and racist Israeli settlers living in the West Bank City of Hebron, to hold a fundraiser at Citi Field on November 21st. The Mets have to date refused to cancel the Hebron Fund dinner despite a letter from 11 US, Palestinian and Israeli organizations documenting that the Hebron Fund, by supporting Israeli settlements in Hebron, violates international law and the Obama administration’s call for a freeze in Israeli settlement construction in Occupied Palestinian Territory. The letter also demonstrates that the Hebron Fund actively promotes racial discrimination against Palestinians, and it supports, at least indirectly, violence and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron. In a tragic irony, the Hebron Fund dinner is being held directly above the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field. Jackie Robinson broke the barrier of racial discrimination in baseball and his legacy is actively promoted by the New York Mets and Major League Baseball. Send a letter to the New York Mets demanding that they cancel this event supporting Hebron’s settlers. Click here to send a letter to the Mets via the Adalah-NY website. Or click here to send a letter via the Jewish Voice for Peace website. In addition to sending an email to the Mets, please also consider phoning the New York Mets to register your concerns with their staff: * (718) 803-4032: Heather Collamore, Director Hospitality and Catering Events * (718) 565-4330: Jay Horwitz, Vice President for Media Relations Communications with the Mets should emphasize: * The Hebron Fund supports Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in violation of international law and US foreign policy. The Hebron Fund may also be violating US nonprofit laws by supporting Israeli settlements while telling the IRS that its "primary exempt purpose" is "to promote social and educational well being." * Israeli settlers in Hebron have repeatedly been photographed and videotaped shooting guns at, beating, slapping, kicking, throwing stones and liquids at, and verbally harassing the Palestinian residents of Hebron, including women and children. Some Hebron Fund dinner honorees have been documented supporting violence and the terrorizing of Palestinians. * Hebron’s settlers support racial discrimination and driving Palestinian residents of Hebron from their homes. * Allowing the Hebron Fund to fundraise at Citi Field contradicts New York Mets and Major League Baseball’s commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and is an insult to the legacy of Jackie Robinson. For more information see Adalah's letter to the New York Mets, signed by the US Campaign and member groups such as the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Brooklyn for Peace, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Against the Occupation, and WESPAC Foundation. And check out Adalah's video: