“Eleven organizations from the US, Palestine and Israel have called on baseball’s New York Mets to cancel a 21 November dinner at the Caesars Club at Citi Field for the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund. The dinner is a fundraiser for Israeli settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank City of Hebron. In a letter sent to the Mets on 3 November, the groups said, “The New York Mets will be facilitating activities that directly violate international law and the Obama administration’s call for a freeze in settlement construction, and that actively promote racial discrimination, and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron.””
Full disclosure: I grew up a Cubs fan, so the Mets are my natural enemies. That said, I don’t really follow baseball anymore, but news that the Mets are holding a fundraiser for illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine is enough to renew my hatred of Dwight Goodin. He pitched for them when I was a kid, I think.
Pressure to cancel the illegal-activity fundraiser has provoked the predictable response of, “That’s a good idea! Time to stop expanding the illegal occupation of Palestine!”
HA! No, that’s not at all what happened. The Mets’ organization got the letter and they were like, “No way Arabs (and some progressive Jews and Gentiles)! Stop trying to control what we do on our property!” So the Mets refused to cancel the fundraiser, which delighted some website called Matzav, who intelligently wrote:
“The New York Mets, however, have not backed down at all due to the intimidation tactics and the anti-Israeli propaganda.
The Mets have stood up to those threats.
Activists are encouraging Jews to write to the Mets to thank them for rejecting the request of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel organizations to call of the Chevron event.”
This is the Mets, though, so with any luck the fundraiser will fall apart a few days before it’s scheduled to take place.