The Crescent Report

May 4, 2010

Home of Rabbi Michael Lerner Attacked, Vandalized by “Right-Wing Zionists”

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 4:04 pm

Rabbi Michael Lerner, who has been a long time advocate for social and economic justice including Palestine, found that his home was attacked by a group of haters.  Check out the piece below.  Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the Day:  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Home of Rabbi Michael Lerner Attacked, Vandalized by “Right-Wing Zionists”

In the late evening of May 2, the northern California home of Rabbi Michael Lerner was vandalized by unknown assailants who plastered the home with offensive pro-Israeli occupation posters that characterized the prominent Jewish leader as a “friend of terrorism.”

This act of desecration, done by a person or persons described by a Tikkun news bulletin as “Right-Wing Zionists”, was preceded by anonymous telephone calls to the office of the Tikkun community which boasted that “Lerner is dead.”

Rabbi Lerner, a prominent leader in the national Jewish community, has openly defended the rights of Palestinians under Israeli occupation, and denounces all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and human oppression throughout the world.  This latest attack may be related to Rabbi Lerner’s defense of the report issued in 2009 by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, which was critical of the apparent human rights violations that occurred during the 2008-2009 Israeli armed attack on and invasion of Gaza. The Goldstone report has been attacked by numerous individuals and organizations that defend the colonial and occupation policies of Israel.

MAS Freedom issues a letter expressing our concern for the safety of Rabbi Lerner and his family.  Ibrahim Ramey, the Human and Civil Rights Program Director of MAS Freedom, stated that “this attack on a Jewish leader who defends the human rights of Palestinians, and all people is both cowardly and unconscionable.  We must all stand with courageous leaders who denounce injustice anywhere that it occurs.”

As of early Tuesday morning, May 4th, no suspects had been arrested in the case.

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