Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Reem's Protest is Doomed

Michael Lumish

Fuggedabout it.

The protest against Reem's antisemitic restaurant and bakery at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California never had a chance.

There are a number of reasons for this.

The first is the absolute failure of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish leadership, including both the synagogues and Stand With Us, to stand with us.

If the people with the money and the influence do not seem to care it is exceedingly difficult to get anyone else to give a damn. Why should any non-Jew with power and influence care if even the local Jewish leadership does not?

So, the institutional support is lacking which obviously depresses potential support even in a cause as just as opposing the veneration of a genocidal Jew Hater in a public restaurant.

Another reason for the failure of the Reem's action is that the leader of the small group of elderly protesters wants anonymity retained as much as possible because standing up in favor of Jewish rights can be a dangerous game.

Our enemies are not opposed to using violence, quite obviously, in order to support their anti-Jewish agenda. Thus I have been reprimanded for mentioning the names of people at the last protest.

That is my mistake, I am sure.

I just figured that if people are willing to speak in public with the cameras rolling and they don't mind having their faces and voices put on-line in support of the Movement for Jewish Freedom then they would not mind me mentioning them in my pieces promoting the fight.

I was wrong.

Some do mind, apparently.

It is as if they wish to choose when speaking in public before others is a public act and when it is actually a private act.

Personally,  I think that if you wish to stand up in public you should own your name.


  1. Personally and publicly you are right.

  2. Call in those who are not afraid of going public.
    I don't think David Horowitz would be afraid to publicly call these people out, for example. Maybe you don't want to be associated with him. I don't know. But there must be others.
    Is Ron Owen still on KGO? Maybe he'd like to address this on his show. Maybe you could get him to interview you, and you could mention how people are afraid to come forward publicly, and the chilling effect on free speech - always a good angle to play in the Bay Area.
    You could write to Tucker Carlson at Fox. He's from SF and would most likely find it grotesque, fit in nicely with the what the heck is happening to the leg in this country? - a favorite theme of his.
    Sometimes you have to shake people awake.

    1. What is happening to the left, not leg.
      @&))(;;()$ spellchecker!

  3. Faith is brave.

    She is more concerned about others than herself.

    But there is no way that I am going to join people who are willing to get before cameras but are not willing to be identified. It doesn't even make any sense.

    Besides nobody tells me what to write unless their signing a paycheck.

    She seems to think that I broke some sort-of journalistic code of ethics and even betrayed those that stood with me by publishing their names.

    What this means to me is that I AM OUT.

    Out. Out. Out.

    Besides, the point is not in the details of any particular protest.

    The point is that "intersectionality" is driving Jews up against the wall.

    That's the point.

    The point is that the western-left is going thru a process of deliberalization due to the fact that the multicultural ideal is gobbling up universal human rights.

    Meanwhile, the noose is tightening around Jewish people all over the world, even here... which I did not expect quite so soon.

  4. There are about 400,000 Jews in the Bay Area.

    5 of us showed up.

  5. Actually, that's false. Only four of us showed up. One who stood with us is not Jewish.

  6. If these people are willing to stand in protest, nonviolently, in the face of hate and to expose it, why is it necessary that they reveal their identity?

    Whatever the ruckus, or misunderstanding, the larger objective involving Reems should not suffer.

    Oakland may be lost for now, but it is necessary for it to exist so others can discover the extent of the problem faced.

    1. I was reprimanded for revealing the names of people who stood in public speaking before the cameras.

      Fuck that.

      If they want anonymity, I would be happy to do my part to see that they get it.

    2. And you revealed them in a complimentary way, as heroes. And yet they turned on you. They must be very afraid, which could mean the situation out there is dire indeed.

  7. Sometimes I think the only ones who don't have their heads up their asses are the Chassids and they're not going to show up to protest.

  8. It would be better if you could get the identities of the people who eat there and broadcast THAT. Doxing Reem's owners is a good approach too.

  9. Well, also the problem is that they seem afraid to advertise these protest events in advance lest they alert the other side. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either, but it helps account for the tiny turnout.


  11. 400,00 Jews? Kind of like France.