Attacking a Jew who dares to welcome Richard Goldstone

The price sometimes paid for simply being a Jew who questions Zionist dogma (and who do you think was behind these actions?)

The Berkeley, Calif.… home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the progressive Tikkun magazine, was vandalized with posters.

The posters, attached to his door and the fence around his home, attack Lerner personally, and also attack liberals and progressives as being supporters of terrorism and “Islamofascism,” according to a news release from the magazine. The attack occurred late on Sunday night or early Monday morning. It was discovered on Monday morning.

The attack follows a week in which the magazine and Lerner received hate mail,…  apparently because Tikkun magazine announced that it will award Judge Richard Goldstone, author of the controversial…  United Nations report that accused Israel and Hamas of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the winter 2009 Gaza war, with its…  prestigious Tikkun Award,as well as Lerner’s offer to hold Goldstone’s grandson’s bar mitzvah in San Francisco following threats of protests outside the synagogue in South Africa.

This is the first time in 24 years of the magazine’s operation that Lerner’s home has been attacked, according to the magazine’s statement.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, though the statement blamed “right-wing Zionists.”

The case is being investigated as an act of vandalism. It reportedly is not a hate crime, according to police, because Lerner was being attacked for his politics, not his religion.

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