So we contacted the ZF requesting clarification on what they meant by "Meet Palestinians and understand their point of view".
See here the email exchange, to which we received a very rude reply back from a certain Ms. Ida Symons, who obviously did not appreciate being put on the spot and challenged.
The latest email we sent is at the top. We received no reply to it but did not push for one either.
Dear Ms Symons,
We asked the Zionist Federation a very simple question. Your rudeness speaks volumes.
May we remind you of what is in the front page of your website promoting the Zionist Federation?
Kindly see below and allow me to emphasize the purpose of the organization you claim to represent in red.
Oh yes, and we also linked, for your convenience, the Balfour Declaration for your better knowledge but we paste it here nevertheless:
November 2nd, 1917
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet
His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
Arthur James Balfour
In view of this we ask you again: Why is the Zionist Federation working with "Palestinians" against Israeli Zionist interests?
We look forward to receiving your answer and not another act of rudeness, or we will take this to a next level.
JDL UK Team
From: Ida Symons
To: JDL UK <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, 11 February 2013, 18:11
Subject: Re: Your agenda regarding Palestinian meeting in Hebron during your Israel tripI will respond when it suits me, and NOT when you demand it!
On 11 Feb 2013, at 17:18, JDL UK wrote:
Dear "Zionist" Federation,This is incredible! We do not seem to have received a response from you on the below matter.What we want to know is very simple. Why are you working with "Palestinians" against Israeli Zionist interests?We look forward to hearing from you.RegardsJDL UK Team
From: JDL UK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, 7 February 2013, 18:39
Subject: Your agenda regarding Palestinian meeting in Hebron during your Israel tripDear all at the Zionist Federation,We have received your flyer on our email, advertising a trip to Israel, to happen in June 2013.What called our attention was a single phrase you used to include in your itinerary. We got so disturbed by it that we had no choice but write an article about your agenda. See below.On behalf of all Jews in Britain, we request you to please address our points and questions.We await to hear from you.RegardsJDL UK Team
We did not push for further replies because we knew there had been an internal discussion on this matter and we were waiting to see if they would act on it. Today we received another email with the same flyer but with a difference: The words relating to the visit to Judea and Samaria (Which they continue to refer as "West Bank") had been slightly changed, as you can see below.
Right, so all references to "Palestinians" have been removed but regretfully they still maintained the words "West Bank" which is only used by ignorants and anti-Zionists. So what's all this about?
Furthermore, on our article we asked them why they were not going to meet the residents of Judea and Samaria to get their point of view or to "understand the complexities of the area" as they claim. The ZF failed miserably to address this and to reply to us.
Here is the excerpt:
Interesting to note is that the "Zionist" Federation have not mentioned (even once) about visiting the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria (which some ignorant and bigoted individuals refer to as "settlers") to understand their point of view .
And why not? Why don't they go and visit the Federmans, like we together with JDL Canada did 4 months ago? Why don't they go and ask them why their homes have been destroyed several times, by Israeli soldiers? Why don't they try to "understand" the residents of Judea and Samaria's points of views too?
The fact that they amended the words on their flyer means absolutely nothing. It's just a game of words, which unfortunately can be compared clearly with the Muslim form of Taqqiya (Deceit).
We now want to know why the ZF continues to refer to Judea and Samaria as "West Bank", thus de-legitimizing the Israeli claim and right of those lands, and why they are not going to visit the residents of Judea and Samaria.
Will the ZF reply or continue to play stupid games with us?
JDL UK Team