Friday, November 13, 2009

Take Me Out to the Kosher Ball Game

Hebron is in the West Bank, a holy place to both the 166,000 Muslims and the 500 Jewish settlers who call it home. Needless to say, it is often holy hell to live there, especially for the Jewish minority, even though the area is under Israeli military control, and has been since the aftermath of Six-Day War in 1967. That is when the first Jewish settlements were built in an attempt to stop any further belligerent incursions into Israeli territory by the Religion of Peace. Of course the United Nations & Assorted Cronies continue to insist that the settlements in Israel are illegal. However, as our own President, a man of dialogue and peace, said to the Republican opposition when they asked him for bipartisan meetings, “I won”.

Now it turns out that there is a new license available for Muslim Grievance sessions: the New York Mets, a professional baseball team based in (duh) New York City, is fund-raising for the Jewish settlement in Hebron. In response, the professional anti-Semitic scolds are in full dudgeon over this one:

Controversy continues to grow over allegations that a top United States baseball team is supporting fundraising efforts for illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, according to Adalah-NY, a US-based non-governmental organisation involved in a campaign calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

“The Mets are aiding Israeli settlers who terrorise thousands of Palestinians, assaulting them regularly, forcing them to stay in their homes, and calling Palestinian mothers whores in front of their children,” Adalah-NY spokesperson Andrew Kadi told Adnkronos International (AKI) on Thursday.

“It is shameful that this event will be held above Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda,” Kadi said.

Wrong. It is deliciously ironic that the event is being held at a place named after the beloved American baseball icon, Jackie Robinson. As for the name-calling and harassment, when was the last Israeli suicide bomber seen in Palestine?
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However, that’s not how the eleven NGOs and rights groups (including, gag me, “The Coalition of Women for Peace”. What cojones these women have, I swan. They join a group whose stated goal is the submission of women to men) see the situation. With their special anti-Jew glasses, the Mets’ decision is perceived as yet another opportunity for grievance:

“With a team that is so ethnically diverse, I am baffled that the Mets can support the racism of Hebron’s settlers so publicly and defend it as a celebration of diversity. Imagine the Mets inviting the Ku Klux Klan to party at Citi Field!”

If we’re going to play the “Imagine” card of righteousness, let’s imagine the Saudis or the Jordanians or the rest of the OIC permitting, say, air rights to El Al. Or a church spire to rise anywhere in their territory. Or someone to wear a cross around their neck without being hauled off to jail. Go imagine that, you hypocrites!

The Mets have responded to the controversy with a statement saying that “Citi Field hosts a wide range of events that reflect the…differing views and opinions of New Yorkers. The beliefs of organisations holding events at Citi Field do not necessarily reflect those of the New York Mets.”

Abed Ayoub from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) responded to the Mets statement by saying: “Surely the Mets would not do business with white supremacists or anti-immigrant vigilantes. The Mets should follow those same standards in dealing with the Hebron Fund, and cancel this event.”

It is utterly gob-smacking that the most segregated, agitatedly hateful group in the world can utter this twaddle. They need to quit lecturing others about housecleaning when they live in moral squalor themselves. It would be a joke if these folks didn’t also admire random killers who blow up women and children.

On its website, The Hebron Fund says the “primary goal of the organization is the raising of capital for the improvement of daily life for the residents of Hebron, Israel.” In the website there is also an Internet link which says “Give to Hebron”.

The link leads to a donations page on the website for the Jewish community of Hebron which says, among other things, “keep Hebron Jewish for the Jewish people.”

Adalah-NY also says that the Hebron Fund’s dinner invitation says, “Join us in support of Hebron and in protest of today’s building freeze in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank].”

We know how the Palestinian enclaves would treat any Jew who happened to be dragged within its borders. And this is supposed to make us feel sympathy for Muslims in Hebron? Gimme a break. When the Palestinians start taking responsibility for their own people and their own behavior, the world will instantly be a more peaceful place, regardless of what the Jews do.

I have sympathy for the Palestinians because they are pawns used by their own fellow Muslims who actively prohibit their permanent settlement in a more peaceful environment and who supply them with armaments and technology for endless rounds of Jew killing. However, my sympathy is limited when I see how they voluntarily surrender their autonomy and initiative to those who don’t wish them well.

I’d offer these folks a clue bag, but they’d only stuff it with explosives and blow up more Jews. Sometimes the only solution is to make your own clue bag. When that happens, you start seeing clues all over the place, just lying there for the taking.

Want to support the Hebron Fund yourself? Go here.

By the way, the music for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was written by a Jew who didn't see a baseball game until decades after the song became a hit.

Nowadays the verses to the song are almost never heard, with only the chorus generally sung. This is the third most well-known song in the United States, after “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Happy Birthday to You”. The wiki has both versions of the lyrics, which were written almost twenty years apart. I am more familiar with, and thus prefer, the original 1908 version (no, I wasn’t at this performance):

Katie Casey was baseball mad,
Had the fever and had it bad.
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev’ry sou’
Katie blew.
On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she’d like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said “No,
I’ll tell you what you can do:”

[Chorus] Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names.
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along,
Good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song…


Hat Tip: C. Cantoni


Fellow Peacekeeper said...

...when was the last Israeli suicide bomber seen in Palestine? Lets be fair ... its easier when sitting in a F-15 at 30000 feet to bomb stuff repeatedly without self sacrifice... or remorse for collateral damage.

There's plenty to like about Israel, and not to like about the Palis, but the ideologically motivated colonialists ain't some of that. Residential fortified suburbs built while uprooting other folks olive groves is not a particularly effective form of deterant.

urbanadder22 said...

Hevron is as "sacred" to Moslems as is Jerusalem.

That is to say, all places sacred to non-Moslems either become "sacred" to Moslems or are destroyed.

Although Arab-Moslems try to trace their roots back to Abraham via his bastard son Ishmael, only a small % of Arabs might be descended from him.


commoncents said...

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filthykafir said...

@Fellow Peacekeeper

Jews have lived in Hevron for at least 2,500 years. If their numbers were diminished at times during that period, it was as the result of persecution, forcible dispossession, and slaughter (see link below) at the hands of invaders, including the ancestors of the Muslim majority now living in the city. Hevron is Israel, and Jews have a right to be there.

1929 Hevron Massacre of Jews