Monday, November 16, 2009
Citifield function shitstorm
From the Nation:
Controversy is growing over a November 21st fundraiser at the New York Mets' new stadium Citi Field for the Brooklyn-based Israeli settlement group the Hebron Fund. Settlement supporters have called for letters praising the Mets for standing with the Hebron Fund, while justice and human rights groups issued an alert demanding cancellation of the dinner.
This video from Adalah-NY, opposing the dinner, shows why the protests are growing so feverish.
The Mets have responded by saying that "Citi Field hosts a wide range of events that reflect the diversity of our hometown and the differing views and opinions of New Yorkers," and noting that "the beliefs of organizations 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) countered: "Tolerance for diverse beliefs should not include facilitating events for groups that break laws, and support racism and violence. 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."