New Yorkers protest against the Hebron Fund
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New Yorkers protest against the Hebron Fund

On November 18th, some fifty New Yorkers gathered outside of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s Office, protesting Major League Baseball’s connection with the Hebron Fund. That event followed a letter-writing campaign that generated over 2600 letters to the New York Mets, asking them to cancel the dinner with the settler organization.

The New York Mets are allowing the Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based non-profit supporting violent and racist Israeli settlers living in the West Bank City of Hebron, to hold a fundraiser at Citi Field on November 21st. The Mets have to date refused to cancel the Hebron Fund dinner despite a letter from 11 US, Palestinian and Israeli organizations documenting that the Hebron Fund, by supporting Israeli settlements in Hebron, continues to support apartheid in the city. The letter also demonstrates that the Hebron Fund actively promotes racial discrimination against Palestinians, and it supports, at least indirectly, violence and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron.

In a tragic irony, the Hebron Fund dinner is being held directly above the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field. Jackie Robinson broke the barrier of racial discrimination in baseball and his legacy is actively promoted by the New York Mets and Major League Baseball.

For video of the demonstration and more information, see Adalah – NY