[T]he museum canceled the show “because we lacked a formal policy for sensitive content and because were not confident that we had the resources to deal with the numerous concerns we received regarding the exhibit.”Rabbi James Brandt, CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, was more direct in a joint statement with East Bay’s Jewish Community Relations Council and the Anti-Defamation League:
You can see by the film that the bombing of Gaza was a war crime. This film is a proof that this was a war crime….There is also something new with this war. And that is bombs that deliberately destroy the lower part of the body—so that the population cannot propagate. This is collective punishment.
[I]t is the Palestinians’ favorite weapon. In one word: decontextualization. This mouthful means that they will show the world an abundance of sad stories of children and women “allegedly” victimized by the Israelis, but never explain why they happened. We are never told the context. All their speakers use the same technique. It takes a particularly strenuous effort on the part of the informed viewer to remember that these stories, as tragic as they are, are only a small part of the whole picture. They are in fact the effect of a cause which we are never told about. These gruesome images have been selected and put together with only one goal in mind: rile viewers and demonize Israel. It’s easy: without context to explain why Israel attacked Gaza, the conclusion can only be that the Israelis are sadistic monsters who enjoy persecuting and hurting the poor, sweet, innocent Palestinians who have never done anything to deserve such treatment.
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