You and I know the incredible peculiarities of the Leftist world, which sees feminists ignoring sharia’s worst outrages and gay activists who are out in full cry trying to establish a fully Muslim Middle East, a place in which the only good gay activist will be a dead gay activist. As to the latter, there is a protest in San Francisco, so I’m forwarding this email for those who are interested in attending:
1. Counterprotest this Thursday, April 8, 6 PM, Roxie Theater, 16th and Valencia, San Francisco.
“Out in Israel” is an LGBT cultural festival taking place in San Francisco during the month of April, sponsored in part by the Israeli Consulate, the San Francisco and East Bay Federations, JCRC, BlueStarPR, and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. “Out In Israel” showcases some of the best of Israeli LGBT cultural creation: art, literature, film, drama, food, dance, progressive thought and intellectual debate. The celebration includes a Hebrew language LGBT film series, theatrical and musical performances by prominent Israeli artists, cooking demonstrations, art exhibitions, literary readings, and panels discussions on LGBT culture in Israel and Zionist perspectives.
This Thursday, April 8 a local anti-Israel group called QUIT (“Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism”) will be protesting outside the Roxie Theater (16th and Valencia Streets, San Francisco) where the festival will have its opening night films. Yes, an LGBT group will be protesting Israel, the one country in the region that does not persecute LGBT individuals and groups. Yes, they will be protesting Israel, a place where LGBT Palestinians flee to seek refuge from the Islamists who harrass, torture and kill them. Yes, they will be protesting Israel, the country that that has openly gay members in its government and military. They will be supporting the agenda of Iran, a country whose leader claims it has no gays– while it publicly hangs them.
They hate Israel so much that they will not say one word about the persecution that they themselves would suffer in Gaza or Ramallah.
StandWithUs/ SF Voice for Israel will be there to stand up for Israel. We will meet at 6 PM in front of the Roxie. Look for the Israeli flags. We will have appropriate signs for this occasion as well as lots of flags. If you bring your own signs, please no signs or graphics offensive to any racial or ethnic group including but not limited to Arabs, Islam, or Palestinians. Signs in violation of our policies will not be allowed.
We understand that some of our members do not agree with Israel’s policies towards LGBT rights. However, we will continue to support Israel in this regard and, at the same time, we look forward to your support in our other activities.
Please note that parking in this area is very limited. The theatre is one block west of the 16th and Mission BART, and 4 blocks from the Church Street Muni Metro.
GENERAL NOTES FOR RALLY BEHAVIOR- PLEASE READ:
Please BE PROFESSIONAL for Israel.
Please avoid signs that are offensive and will alienate press and passers by.
We will have enough signs with strong messages for you to hold, and you can choose from many messages. Please return all signs and flags at the end of the rally.
Please follow police orders.
Please don’t engage the other side.
Please avoid shouting epithets across the street.
They cannot hear you, and it really makes us all look like we are extremists or unreasonable. REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE THE EXTREMISTS– LET’S MAKE THEM LOOK THAT WAY!
At no point should you stand in the street.
If you will talk to press, please be professional and only speak to them if you are very knowledgeable.
We will have designated people prepared to speak to the press, it would be better if you would please refer press to designated
people who will be identified.
At the end of the rally people should leave in groups and avoid engaging those on the other side who may be prone to violence.
To get half of any media coverage that might show up.
To educate people about Israel’s strategic threats, and Israel’s right to defend its citizens.
To specifically educate people about LGBT rights and freedoms in Israel.
To let the other side know that they will not have a free pass as they organize to attack Israel on the streets of the Bay Area.
We will bring educational materials about the Gaza War for distribution as well.
THANK YOU and we will look forward to seeing you this Thursday. Bring your friends!