Over the past weekend, I called on Atlasians, SIOA members and AFDI activists to oppose "Palestinian" Proclamation Day in Alameda County, California. The Supervisors of Alameda County intended to recognize a day for "Palestinians" (euphemism for Jew-hater), beginning today, June 5th, 2012.
Atlas reader Joe Gelman in the comments section wrote, "The Alameda county Supervisors pulled the resolution, and the Pali Lobbyists went berserk. 'Its islamophobia!' 'Its the Zionist lobby!' 'its racism!'"
Yes, the haters blame Atlas. :)
Pro-Israel Bay bloggers have this:
The supervisors did not anticipate that their routine administrative declaration would have political ramifications, and called it off.
And as we know, hell has no fury like an anti-Zionist scorned.
The following email was sent:
"We would like to update you on the status of Palestinian Proclamation Day in Alameda County, scheduled for tomorrow June 5th, 2012. We have been informed as of late this Monday morning that the issuing of the proclamation was pulled from the Board of Supervisors’ agenda by President Nate Miley.Supervisors were heavily lobbied by the racist rhetoric that is perpetuated through internet blogging, and specifically politicized the event on the following link:http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/06/oppose-palestinian-proclamation-day-in-alameda-county-calif-tuesday.html. Please be advised that this proclamation was and remains a statement to promote Palestinian culture and heritage. We plan to be there to share concerns during public input time. Barbara Lee and Pete Stark’s office have issued a certificate of special congressional recognition and Supervisor Wilma Chan is issuing a commendation for Palestinian cultural day"
Apparently in the "activist to English" dictionary: "heavily lobbied by the racist rhetoric that is perpetuated through internet blogging" can be roughly translated as "grassroots letter writing campaign".
Do you care about tolerance and diversity? Show at at 10:45 am in the Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland. Lets let the Alameda county Supervisors know that they can celebrate Palestinian culture without denying the heritage of others in the land.
UPDATE: From Atlas comment section, Kalifornia Kafir:
I live in Alameda County and watched the live broadcast of the Board Meeting today (6/5).
The Proclamation was withdrawn. From comments by Supervisor Carson, I gather enough people complained that it was determined to be too political to move forward.
The few Jewish and pro-Zion folks who spoke were very calm, respectful and rational in their arguments.
The other pro-Proclamation side were outraged. The usual canards were brought up:
- they're victims of Islamophobia,
- their civil rights are being violated (yes, I guess it's now a Constitutional right for your particular ethnic group to get a proclamation)
- the County is treating them like second class citizens
- they are the victims of hatred, racism, etc. Victim, victim, victim.
Everything they said came from emotion. None of them spoke about trying to resolve the problem, negotiating the language of the proclamation, finding a resolution. They went straight to emotion and victimhood.
I was surprise by the support they got from several Latinos (including an immigrant rights activist). If, indeed, Islamic terrorist agents are coming across the border from Mexico, it's obvious they're finding some sympathetic compadres.