Lobby Watch 22 August 2015
Israel Weapon Industries-US (IWI-US) is co-sponsoring the event on Sunday, 23 August, with Bullets & Bagels, a Jewish gun club in Orange County, California. Event attendees “will get to shoot the TAVOR at the range and receive basic shooting instruction and assistance from an [National Rifle Association]-certified instructor.”
According to a press release from IWI-US, Mantegna will conduct an auction for two Tavor rifles produced by IWI. Proceeds from the auction will go to Friends of the IDF.
Michael Kassner, IWI-US Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said “IWI is proud to support the Jewish community. ‘Bullets & Bagels’ allows all who love guns, great food and Israel to get together, eat, shoot and shoot the breeze. … Don’t be surprised if you see me there myself. I could always go for some bagels and lox with a side of Tavor.”
Friends of the IDF (FIDF) is an organization that provides material support to a military implicated in war crimes by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations and numerous other expert organizations.
FIDF lauds Israeli attacks on Palestinians on its YouTube page. It posts numerous videoes celebrating “Heroes of Operation Protective Edge,” the summer 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip, as well as others supporting the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza.
Palestinian solidarity activists have consistently targeted FIDF. Most recently, two young Jewish men were arrested in Connecticut in May while protesting a FIDF fundraising luncheon. In spite of its actions and protests against them, FIDF continues to raise money for the Israeli military and supportive local groups like Bullets & Bagels continue to put on events towards that end.
David Rossi vs. Jason Gideon
Mantegna’s participation in the fundraiser stands in stark contrast to his predecessor on Criminal Minds. Mantegna plays David Rossi, an FBI profiler who comes out of retirement in season three of the series to lead the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Rossi replaces Jason Gideon, portrayed by Mandy Patinkin, who left the unit after struggling to reconcile his personal beliefs with the unending violence of the job.
Off set, while Mantegna is raising funds for the Israeli military, Patinkin has been a vocal critic of Israeli policy. He signed onto a 2010 statement calling for the cultural boycott of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
In 2013 Patinkin noted at the Other Israel Film Festival — itself a violation of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions — in New York that on a recent trip to Palestine he saw the dramatic results of Israeli policies. “You need to see where only Jews are allowed to walk … And Jews can only ride on certain streets and highways, and Palestinians are forbidden — and they live right there,” he said.
While Matenga stumps for an organization that supports the continual dispossession of the Palestinian people, Patinkin lifted the memory of Samih Jebriel Jneid, a 4-year-old child from Jabaliya Camp in the Gaza Strip who was killed by the Israeli military during last summer’s assault.
While Mantegna has no public profile on Palestine, he has a long history of activism for the National Rifle Association and is a strong supporter of the US army.
- Mandy Patinkin
- Joe Mantegna
- Criminal Minds
- Friends of the IDF (FIDF)
- israel weapon industries
- Israeli settlements
- Operation Cast Lead
Permalink shane smith replied on
he's been in more than two productions.
Permalink Waterbuoy replied on
Looks like this guy and his work are a good target for a boycott.
Mandy Patinkin, on the other hand, is a wonderful example of humanity and Judaism.... as well as a wonderful actor.
Joe Mantegna, Criminal Mind
Permalink Bob M replied on
These Hollywood types infect our youth with criminal ideas. We should boycott the advertisers of violent TV programs.
Permalink Dam Spahn replied on
So they're having the equivalent of a bake sale to support a country that gets billions and billions of US tax dollars? Such silly theater. No wonder they need a B actor.
NOT for the AMERICAN military
Permalink albert replied on
This traitor should be deported. Wounded Warriors need every CENT and this scum turns his back on them.
joe mantegna auctions off guns to raise money for israeli army
Permalink desert speaks replied on
Apparently, the FOUR BILLION dollars, STOLEN from American tax payers isn't quite enough money!
Permalink Nestor Makhno replied on
Creapy guy. I have the impression there are a lot of this kind of people in the US with an abhorrent frontier mentality
The money raised is peanuts
Permalink Egon Schwantz replied on
The money raised is peanuts compared to what the the USA tax payer is forced to give to the Israeli army
what a terrorist
Permalink Trav replied on
This guy is openly aiding and abetting in terrorism by supporting, advocating and promoting this organization "Israel" which is occupying Palestinian terretory.