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Ontario College - BH Yael (Dept of Art) Uses her Biased Racism to Produce Bigoted Films with which to Attack Israel

As an ISM operative, Yael participated in the radical Israel Apartheid Week on Canadian Campuses in which she screened her "academic" films.

B.H. Yael was one of the original organizers of the despicable attempt by anti-Israel activists in Canada to malign the Toronto International Film Festival for its Tel Aviv spotlight in 2009. She spoke during Israeli Apartheid Week on her campus and other Canadian campuses alongside the serial ISM liars Anna Baltzer and Ali Abunimah, both of whom have called violence against Israelis an acceptable means of protest. Yael screened a film praising ISM rioters in the West Bank and showing alleged atrocities by Israel against the Arabs by Israel. She openly acknowledges her films are biased and upset Jewish audiences:
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B.H. Yael's mother was an Iraqi Jewess who escaped Iraq (where today there are no Jews at all; not so long ago Baghdad was 40% Jewish). B.H. Yael claims she embraced her mother's background as an "Arab Jew," whatever that is. B. H. Yael wants her listeners and viewers to think that European Ashkenazic Jews brought with them a European colonialism racist mentality to persecute the "Arab Jews" and, even more so, the "Palestinians."
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Yael's concept of the "Arab Jew," persecuted in Israel, was created by another ex-pat Israeli woman leftist Ella Shoehat from New York University and has been promoted by the self-loathing Coalition of Women of Peace in Israel, a leftist NGO dominated by communism, radical feminism, and, above all, lesbianism. B. H. Yael fits the cult's profile…
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"Because I was brought up by my Mum, I felt much closer to that history, to the Iraqi Jewish narrative and the consideration of how Mizrahi or Arab Jews experienced racism in Israel. I have been thinking a lot about the politics of Israel, vis-à-vis Palestine, in the last number of years: about Indigenous issues in relation to Palestinians, about what happened to Jews in Europe, and the subsequent impact on Arab Jews in predominantly Muslim countries, and about the export of European racism by Ashkenazi (European) Jews as instituted in the state of Israel and in the Territories they occupy."
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One of her chef d'oeuvres is the film Deir Yassin Remembered, the perennial Arab propaganda tale of how what would become Palestinian Arabs were "massacred" by Jewish terrorists during the War of Independence in 1948. Deir Yassin was a battle, not a massacre. The real massacres were those against Jews by Arabs. They do not interest Bad Hairdo!
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Here is how B. H. Yael sums up her "Palestine Trilogy":

"With profound depth and grace these three, thematically related videos tell the tragic story of Palestine and dispel many myths. Deir Yassin Remembered deals with the past by focusing on a well-documented incident of the Nakba (Catastrophe, the Palestinian term for the takeover of "their" land in 1948) – the destruction of the thriving community of Deir Yassin. Even in the Desert, another film, explores the contemporary ramifications of the Israeli occupation – the displacements, checkpoints, surveillance, walls. And the final segment, A Hot, Sand Filled World is a visual/auditory poem signifying, perhaps, hope for the future. What makes the whole experience particularly moving is that the reasonable, non-confrontational voices throughout are those of peace and social justice activists from every side – Israeli, Palestinian, and international." Needless to say, she's a supporter of BDS.

B. H. Yael is more than willing to use her skills as a filmmaker to lie and manipulate audiences for such people to end the existence of Israel. It's a great way to build a career as an academic filmmaker. You do not even have to get a good hairdo to do so...

 

 

Canada's Ontario College of Art and Design: Filmmaker and Professor B.H. Yael's Bigoted Little Head covered by her Bad Hairdo

By Lee Kaplan, Isracampus.org.il
4/2/2014

At Israel Apartheid Week, Israel, the only nation in the Middle East that does not practice apartheid, is presented to naïve college students in Canada and elsewhere as being another South Africa. One participant in this is B.H. Yael. She never explains what B.H. stands for, and we do not rule out the possibility that it is "bad hairdo." Her bio reads: "B.H. Yael is an Israeli-born Canadian who is Professor and Chair of Integrated Media at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a passionate advocate for a just and sustainable peace in Israel/Palestine. She has directed and produced a number of video projects that reflect on the personal and political connections to the land of her birth. Positioning herself amidst controversy, Yael offers a unique perspective, challenging the traditional Canadian perception of peace efforts in the Middle East."

What her bio should read is "B.H. Yael is a woman of Jewish birth who found her fortunes in embracing the Palestinian movement to destroy Israel and found a niche for herself among the leadership of the International Solidarity Movement in Canada, and is now a fixture in Canada's radical feminist leftist movement who enjoys popularity among those who want Israel destroyed."

Let me clarify further for the reader that "a just and sustainable peace" to B. H. Yael is one where Israel as a Jewish state no longer exists and where the Jews live under Arab domination (until the Arabs figure out how to wipe them out).

B.H. Yael was one of the original organizers of the despicable attempt by anti-Israel activists in Canada to malign the Toronto International Film Festival for its Tel Aviv spotlight in 2009. She spoke during Israeli Apartheid Week on her campus and other Canadian campuses alongside the serial ISM liars Anna Baltzer and Ali Abunimah, both of whom have called violence against Israelis an acceptable means of protest. Yael screened a film praising ISM rioters in the West Bank and showing alleged atrocities by Israel against the Arabs by Israel. She openly acknowledges her films are biased and upset Jewish audiences:

"The expectation is that I'm going to bring some kind of journalistic approach to the issue and attempt to give fair representation, which I don't think is ever the case," she insisted at one screening dedicated to de-legitimizing Israel back in 2006.

Yael was also doing these presentations to support Hamas in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, something she characterized as an injustice done to the Palestinians by Israel, as if Israel had not responded to 10,000 rockets fired into the country after the Disengagement of 2005. B.H. Yael supports Hamas, whose charter calls for the annihilation of world Jewry. So why annoy the audience with facts? 1,400 Arabs were killed by the IDF in Operation Cast Lead, the majority of whom were armed combatants. This was even confirmed by Hamas. But in B. H. Yael's mind this means the IDF was guilty of "war crimes".

Bad Hairdo signed an open letter in 2012 declaring, "We are appalled by recent attempts of prominent Jewish organizations and leading Canadian politicians to silence protest against the State of Israel. We are alarmed by the escalation of fear tactics. Charges that those organizing Israel Apartheid Week or supporting an academic boycott of Israel are anti-Semites and promoting hatred bring the anti-Communist terror of the 1950's vividly to mind. We believe this serves to deflect attention from Israel's flagrant violations of international humanitarian law."

Some quotes:

"We do not believe that Israel acts in self-defense" (no 10,000 missiles fired on Israel from Gaza during the previous seven years? Comment by this writer).

"Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, receiving $3 million/day. It has the fourth strongest army in the world." (not surrounded by at least 22 enemy armies and terrorist entities like Hamas and Hezbollah?).

"Before the invasion of Gaza on 27 December, 2008, Israel's siege had already created a humanitarian catastrophe there, with severe impoverishment, malnutrition, and destroyed infrastructure." (Watch this film by real academic filmmakers, unlike B.H. Yael).

"It is crucial that forums for discussion of Israel's accountability to the international community for what many have been called war crimes be allowed to proceed unrestricted by specious claims of anti-Semitism." (Read this article by a Chinese-Canadian International Affairs graduate)."

B.H. Yael's mother was an Iraqi Jewess who escaped Iraq (where today there are no Jews at all; not so long ago Baghdad was 40% Jewish). B.H. Yael claims she embraced her mother's background as an "Arab Jew," whatever that is. B. H. Yael wants her listeners and viewers to think that European Ashkenazic Jews brought with them a European colonialism racist mentality to persecute the "Arab Jews" and, even more so, the "Palestinians." She forgets about how the Iraqis massacred their "Arab Jews." Here B.H. noted, "The degree of popular support in Israel for the Gaza war and other actions, and the degree to which there has been an effort to eradicate 'Arabness' (sic) in Israel."

The above comment shows Yael is anything but a thinking artist; she is a self-serving propagandist. Reviews of her politics and films are usually found in Marxist-Leninist and radical Socialist websites. Her classroom reviews by her students reflect a radical leftist feminist chic outside the subject at hand that latches on to Palestinian propaganda.

Yael's concept of the "Arab Jew," persecuted in Israel, was created by another ex-pat Israeli woman leftist Ella Shoehat from New York University and has been promoted by the self-loathing Coalition of Women of Peace in Israel, a leftist NGO dominated by communism, radical feminism, and, above all, lesbianism. B. H. Yael fits the cult's profile, as she abandoned two husbands and her children for lesbianism and a feminism that hates all men.

What further puzzles this reader, is that apparently such victimization by the evil Ashkenazi colonialists didn't deter Yael's mother from marrying a nice Polish Ashkenazic Jewish man. In fact, Yael today complains of attempts to "Judaize" Israel, as much as any attempts to Canadianize Canada. And just what is she doing occupying and colonizing lands there that rightfully belong to Canadian Indians?

B. H. Yael spoke at a seminar in Canada, where she likened the Palestinian Arabs to the Cree Indians allegedly oppressed by Canada. Quoting Yael:

"Because I was brought up by my Mum, I felt much closer to that history, to the Iraqi Jewish narrative and the consideration of how Mizrahi or Arab Jews experienced racism in Israel. I have been thinking a lot about the politics of Israel, vis-à-vis Palestine, in the last number of years: about Indigenous issues in relation to Palestinians, about what happened to Jews in Europe, and the subsequent impact on Arab Jews in predominantly Muslim countries, and about the export of European racism by Ashkenazi (European) Jews as instituted in the state of Israel and in the Territories they occupy."

So says Mumsy's little lesbian. Yael further recounts how she visited Iraq with her mother in 2003 after American soldiers (other male exploiters and oppressors) freed the country from Saddam Hussein and how her mother "loved it" and was filled with other fond memories. Guess Mumsy forgot all about the Farhood and other anti-Jewish persecution and pogroms there.

Yael is a lesbian who regales her students with strident feminism in class enough that they complain publicly about her. She does no hard research and finds no facts for her projects, but chooses instead to mold her projects to promote her political point of view She then has the chutzpah to claim that her works are indicative of an Israeli woman "taking stock of her homeland." Yael has mostly lived in Canada since she was and child of seven. Her trips to Israel have been more to shoot anti-Israel propaganda films for the ISM and Arabs than any longing for her "homeland."

One of her chef d'oeuvres is the film Deir Yassin Remembered, the perennial Arab propaganda tale of how what would become Palestinian Arabs were "massacred" by Jewish terrorists during the War of Independence in 1948. Deir Yassin was a battle, not a massacre. The real massacres were those against Jews by Arabs. They do not interest Bad Hairdo!

She further promoted this line as part of her "Palestine Trilogy" which serves as a central presentation for anti-Israel "apartheid" events, particularly on display in Christian churches. She's also frequently interviewed and featured on Marxist-Leninist websites about her pablum.

Here is how B. H. Yael sums up her "Palestine Trilogy":

"With profound depth and grace these three, thematically related videos tell the tragic story of Palestine and dispel many myths. Deir Yassin Remembered deals with the past by focusing on a well-documented incident of the Nakba (Catastrophe, the Palestinian term for the takeover of "their" land in 1948) – the destruction of the thriving community of Deir Yassin. Even in the Desert, another film, explores the contemporary ramifications of the Israeli occupation – the displacements, checkpoints, surveillance, walls. And the final segment, A Hot, Sand Filled World is a visual/auditory poem signifying, perhaps, hope for the future. What makes the whole experience particularly moving is that the reasonable, non-confrontational voices throughout are those of peace and social justice activists from every side – Israeli, Palestinian, and international." Needless to say, she's a supporter of BDS.

B. H. Yael is more than willing to use her skills as a filmmaker to lie and manipulate audiences for such people to end the existence of Israel. It's a great way to build a career as an academic filmmaker. You do not even have to get a good hairdo to do so...

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