(I have to put a disclaimer in posts like this because the purveyors of dialectical perfidy will attempt to spin it in the most diabolical way possible if I don’t. Therefore, I am in no way supportive of terrorism on any side of any conflict. Also, there are plenty of outlets regurgitating the story that one side would have you believe. We have a responsibility to tell the other side when it looks like someone is being less than honest.)
Last week, The Times of Israel presented this headline about an incident that occurred in San Francisco on March 13, 2013: “Pro-Palestinian activists assault Jewish woman in Oakland”. Dozens of outlets picked up the story and echoed a similar bent.
The Times reported:
A 22-year-old Jewish woman was assaulted at a pro-Palestinian rally in Oakland, Calif., last week after writing “Am Yisrael Chai” in chalk on the sidewalk.
The incident, which was captured on video, took place at a March 13 rally held at the Frank Ogawa Plaza to mark the fourth anniversary of the wounding of Tristan Anderson, an Oakland resident injured in the West Bank while protesting against the Israeli military.
In the video, Hannah Larson, a Seattle native who immigrated to Israel in 2010, can be seen seen writing on the ground in an area set aside for chalk-written slogans; the words “Freedom to Speak” appear on the ground nearby.
When Larson spelled out the Hebrew phrase that translates as “The Jewish people live” or “The nation of Israel lives,” a young woman later identified as Gabby Silverman of Oakland grabbed the chalk from Larson’s hand, cursing and repeatedly shoving Larson. Silverman also called Larson a “whore.”
Others quickly joined the fracas, and Larson was pushed to the street, away from the rally. Friends of Larson filmed the encounter.
On a Facebook page promoting the rally, Silverman wrote of the incident, “We created a space at the plaza to chalk the names of our dead friends and imprisoned comrades and these zionist pieces of shit chalk ‘am yisrael chai’ over it. This is exactly the settler colonialist mindset that we are fighting against, putting their right wing bullshit over the space for our dead friends. ‘Am yisrael chai’ means ‘the people of Israel live’, which seems mellow enough but its the main slogan of the right wing. My only regret is calling her a whore. That was inappropriate and I’m sorry. Solidarity with whores everywhere!”
Larson could not be reached for comment. Daniel Wencel, 63, who filmed the incident, said he does not believe Larson will press charges.
Michael Harris, a spokesman for the Bay Area chapter of the Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, said this was not an isolated incident.
“This is not the first time that we’ve seen violent responses from members of anti-Israel groups,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that some of the same people who support Hamas violence against Israelis are getting violent toward Israel supporters here.”
That presentment makes it seem that a poor little innocent 22 year old girl was senselessly attacked by evil anti-Israel supporters. However, that’s not the whole story. Not only that, but the video that The Times included in their story was heavily edited to keep their readers from knowing that the pair of “peaceful Israel supporters” were really just immature antagonists aided by an old family friend who is an anti-Palestinian activist in the San Francisco bay area. The Times also misquotes the sidewalk slogan which in its entirety read, “Freedom to Speak and Assemble”. Which means that the pro-Palestinian people had a right to assemble without being ambushed by their pro-Zionist ideological enemies in a wholly dishonest fashion for the purpose of getting a negative response captured on video.
Let’s set the stage for how things went down.
Hannah Larson, or Channah, as she calls herself on Facebook, used to live in America, availed herself to Aliyah, and moved to Israel a few years ago to serve in the IDF. Last year, Daniel Wencel, the 63 year old anti-Palestinian bay area activist mentioned in The Times’ piece, went to Israel with Hannah’s father, Ron, to visit Hannah. Just prior to the altercation, Hannah came to America and was staying at Wencel’s home in San Jose.
On the day of the altercation, Wencel made another video prior to the edited video shown in The Times’ piece. That first video is titled, “Anti-Israel BDS slime stage pathetic rally in Oakland for tristan anderson”. BDS stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions. From the BDS Movement website:
The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.
As The Times put it, the event was to “mark the fourth anniversary of the wounding of Tristan Anderson, an Oakland resident injured in the West Bank while protesting against the Israeli military”. Injured? That’s a very unsympathetic way to represent what happened to Mr. Anderson.
You see, 4 years ago Tristan Anderson and other internationals went to show “solidarity” with the Palestinians to protest the presence of the “apartheid wall” in the West Bank village of Ni’lin. There’s an account of what happened on Liveleaks.
Tristan was hit in the face with tear gas canister that was fired into a crowd of protesters. Israeli law prohibits firing teargas canisters directly into crowds of demonstrators.
You can see the before and after.
A close up.
During his recovery, and after multiple surgeries which included detaching and reattaching his skull to save his life, Tristan looked like this.
Anderson is hemiplegic, mostly paralyzed on the left side of his body, and is blind in his right eye. These days, Tristan Anderson gets around in his wheelchair.
Here’s the “evil and hateful” woman Gabby Silverman who attacked “poor little innocent” Hannah.
Ms. Silverman has been by Tristan’s side since before his injuries. She’s loyal to the core from all appearances. She spent 15 months by Tristan’s side when he was in the hospital after being critically injured.
Tristan went to Palestine to protest Israeli apartheid and violence against Palestinians, almost gets killed in the process, and is left with lifelong debilitating injuries. Ironical. THAT tragedy is what the San Francisco rally was commemorating on March 13th, 2013.
Enter Daniel Wencel.
Daniel Wencel is a long-time pro-Zionist/anti-Palestinian activist living in San Jose, CA. He is also a Polish Jew. Wencel spends a lot of time following pro-Palestinian people in San Francisco around with a video camera. As of today, Wencel has 87 videos on Youtube and most of the videos are videos he’s taken of rallies and protests in San Francisco. You know, those granola hippies are such a threat to the IDF thousands of miles away. He needs to document everything just in case.
Wencel and his daughter at his old house in Poland.
Daniel was also an ardent Romney supporter. Why is this not surprising? Neocons of a feather…
How does this man have so much time on his hands? A quick search turned up the fact that Mr. Wencel was fined $90,000 for fraud in 2010 related to a franchise business, Caboodle Cartridge, that he used to run. Seems Mr. Wencel bilked people out of almost $100,000 by selling them franchises in the printer cartridge business. When the franchise purchasers complained about the defects of the product, due to numerous customer complaints, Wencel closed up shop and refused to refund the franchisee’s money.
Okay, now that we’ve established that Wencel is a proven fraudster, let’s continue.
What’s the relationship between Hannah Larson, a 22 year old girl living in Israel, and Wencel, a 63 year old man living in San Jose?
Hannah IDs her dad, Ron Larson, in this photo taken last year on his visit to Israel. Check out Hannah all dolled up in her IDF military uniform.
Here’s Hannah, her dad, and Daniel Wencel together in Israel.
From all appearances it seems like Hannah Larson and Daniel Wencel know each other through Hannah’s father Ron Larson, who runs Ron Larson Tree Service in Eatonville, WA.
After Daniel’s trip to Israel in May of 2012, 10 months later Hannah visits him in San Jose in March of 2013. This brings us to the day of the rally in Oakland on the 13th of March.
What The Times doesn’t report is that Wencel made a video prior to the edited video in their post. In this first video, which begins with a shot of Gabby Silverman and Paul Larudee, Wencel says, “Hopefully I won’t be recognized too soon.” Hmm… why would he be worried about that? Do these pro-Palestinian people know of Wencel’s hatred of them already? He did already record scores of videos of them at other events. After all, you can plainly hear Wencel refer to Larudee, one of the organizers of the event, as a “dirtbag” in the video. Plenty of animosity there.
In The Times’ piece a video other than Wencel’s original video was linked. Odd when considering Wencel has been written about as being an pro-Zionist activist in the San Francisco area. Or is it odd? After viewing The Times’s linked video and the original of Wencel’s in his Youtube channel, one can easily understand why Wencel’s original video wasn’t shown. It’s because of the screencap shown here taken at the 1:13 mark in the video. They cut a chunk of the video out. It’s hard to sell the “poor peaceful Israeli girl” narrative when you’re writing inflammatory comments like “Hamas sucks pigshit” in the middle of an event where the event’s American honoree was almost killed and permanently disabled as a result of the IDF’s actions. Oops! We call this sort of editing dishonesty.
This is Wencel’s original video (yes, we’ve made copies in case he tries to delete these videos). Pay special attention to the beginning of the video where Hannah and an as of yet unidentified male are acting out a scripted course of action.
Nothing spontaneous here as they’re obviously intending to instigate the “dirtbags” (remember, that’s Wencel’s word for one of the organizers) with their inflammatory actions and try to evoke a negative response. Regarding the sweet little phrase, “am yisrael chai”, that Hannah wrote, Gabby is correct, it’s a right-wing slogan in Israel and comes with a lot of emotion and nationalistic pride. Hannah knew what she was doing, but, since Gabby has spent a lot of time in Israel, so did she. What Hannah was attempting to do is what is commonly referred to as adding insult to injury.
But look how they’re trying to sell it.
“Just for stating a message of peace”, eh Dan? We now know that’s not true. Dialectical perfidy at its most frustrating.
Here’s the avatar from that very “focused” YouTube channel of Dan’s. Nothing at all offensive about someone urinating on Palestine, right Dan? Surely, it’s just a “message of peace” by Dan’s definition.
If I were in Gabby’s position, and in the middle of a rally that I helped organize for my paralyzed partner, some juvenile 20-something upstarts enter the fray, with stalker Dan the cameraman in tow, start writing, “Hamas sucks pigshit”, I might be more than a bit agitated too.
Think of it this way… imagine you’re holding a rally to remember the fallen of 9/11 and a couple of zealous jihadis, who called you all “dirtbags” on video moments before, enter the scene and write “Allahu Akbar” (who could think anything other than peace when “God is great” is mentioned, right?) and “the United States Military sucks pigshit” on the part of the ground reserved for the names of the fallen. What would you do? I know what I’d do. The First Amendment doesn’t protect “speech that is indecent, incites unlawful action, and ‘arouses anger, alarm or resentment in others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or gender‘”.
Zionists, America gives you $2-4 billion every year (unfortunately), we’ve given you access to our weapons systems and planes, and you control all the land in Israel and Palestine. Do you really need to lie on top of all of that to promote your agenda? This behavior is what puts you at odds with people. No one owes you anything and you don’t get a free pass. Learn this and you’ll likely start getting along with more people.