imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media?

by Adalah-NY Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014 at 6:39 PM

On August 23, the Los Angeles group Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) released a widely reported on statement in Billboard Magazine - “200 Hollywood Heavyweights Support Israel.” What was not reported is that CCFP is a “creative” front group for the right-wing, pro Israeli settler nonprofit StandWithUs, that has a close relationship with the Israeli government. Though CCFP carefully avoids explaining this on their website and materials, CCFP is the same legally-registered nonprofit as StandWithUs (SWU), and, as of October 2013, operated from within SWU’s LA office.



Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media?


New York, NY, September 2, 2014 - On August 23, the Los Angeles group Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) released a widely reported on statement in Billboard Magazine - “200 Hollywood Heavyweights Support Israel.” What was not reported is that CCFP is a “creative” front group for the right-wing, pro Israeli settler nonprofit StandWithUs, that has a close relationship with the Israeli government. Though CCFP carefully avoids explaining this on their website and materials, CCFP is the same legally-registered nonprofit as StandWithUs (SWU), and, as of October 2013, operated from within SWU’s LA office.

Felice Gelman from Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel commented, “We wonder if CCFP explained to the Hollywood luminaries who signed its statement, like Ziggy Marley and Sarah Silverman, that its apolitical message of ‘art building bridges for peace’ is actually a sanitizing front for the right-wing, pro-settler organization StandWithUs, that has deep ties to the Israeli government? We are also concerned that US media covering the statement did not report on who CCFP really is.”

The statement on Gaza is as misleading as its hidden identity and the politics of its sponsor SWU. Nerdeen Kiswani, a student activist with Students for Justice in Palestine, explained, “CCFP begins and ends its statement with apolitical, and essentially deceptive invocations of peace. But the core argument reflects typical SWU talking points and Israeli government right-wing spin, that Palestinians themselves are somehow entirely to blame for Israel’s slaughter of over 2000 Palestinians and the destruction of thousands of homes and entire villages in Gaza.”

Since the statement was first published, at least one celebrity ‘signatory’, Moroccan filmmaker Sanaa Hamri, has had her name removed, saying she never agreed to sign on.

SWU, which was originally created and registered in 2001 as Israel Emergency Alliance, states on its website that “StandWithUs, known as the Israel Emergency Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) organization.” CCFP, created in 2010, also states on its donation page that it is “a 501(c)(3) organization, dba [doing business as] Israel Emergency Alliance.” Upon creation, CCFP was simply integrated into the existing legally registered organization Israel Emergency Alliance/StandWithUs. As The Jewish Daily Forward reported in October 2013, CCFP is not actually a nonprofit, but rather it operates under the aegis of the long-established nonprofit StandWithUs, which is “widely perceived to be on the far right of the pro-Israel spectrum.”

SWU regularly touts congratulations and endorsements by the Israeli government and has organized pro-settler PR projects with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SWU also works with the right-wing evangelical group Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and CUFI’s homophobic leader, John Hagee. Additionally, in 2010, SWU members disrupted a Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) meeting, even pepper-spraying two JVP members.

Exposing CCFP’s similarity to SWU, The Forward reported in October 2013 that CCFP “takes positions that appear to be held by only a narrow spectrum among Jews who support Israel,” disputing that Israeli settlements are a primary obstacle to peace, and that Israel holds Palestinians under military occupation. The Forward article showed that CCFP is in lockstep with Israel’s right-wing government, quoting David Siegel, Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles, lavishing praise on CCFP, and saying “they are effective because they work from inside the industry.”

CCFP’s cofounder, music executive David Renzer, has attempted to distance CCFP from SWU, telling The Forward that CCFP has “always operated independently,” and asserting “there is no day-to-day relationship” with SWU. The facts belie this. On top of CCFP’s legal status as part of SWU, David Renzer is married to the SWU’s cofounder and president, Esther Renzer. Another CCFP co-founder, Ran Geffen-Lifshitz, is on the board of StandWithUs Israel, and CCFP and SWU held a strategy session together with Israeli government officials to shape CCFP’s activities.

SWU and CCFP have gone to lengths to camouflage their interrelationship, even registering StandWithUs and Creative Community for Peace with the LA County Clerk in 2010 as “fictitious business names” for Israel Emergency Alliance (documents viewable in this expose). Though CCFP asserted to The Forward last year that it was only working under SWU while “awaiting the processing of its application” as “a tax-exempt charity,” current online searches of IRS and California state records for Creative Community for Peace continue to come up empty.

Despite the fact that CCFP operates within SWU/Israel Emergency Alliance, the most current publicly available 990 tax form for SWU/Israel Emergency Alliance from 2012 makes no mention whatsoever of CCFP. The 2012 990 demonstrates that the organization is managed by SWU, noting the salaries and titles of six “Key Employees,” each of whom is an SWU staffmember, with no one listed from CCFP.

The 2012 990 also lists Steven Rosen of Silver Spring, Maryland as a “Strategic Adviser.” SWU’s 2011 and 2010 990s also show that Rosen was paid 0,000 and 7,000 from SWU in that same role. For 23 years Rosen was a top official at AIPAC, the right-wing Israel lobby group. He served as AIPAC’s Director of Foreign Policy until he was indicted for alleged violations of the Espionage Act, though the charges were later dropped. A New Yorker expose on AIPAC last week noted that Rosen “was fond of telling people that he could take out a napkin at any Senate hangout and get signatures of support for one issue or another from scores of senators.” One of Rosen’s favorite quotes during his years with AIPAC was, “A lobby is like a night flower: it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun.”

For more detailed background and documentation on CCFP, SWU and their relationship see this expose by Phan Nguyen:

To see this full press release with hyperlinks to sources:

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 21 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
nice piece of research Thanx Monday, Sep. 08, 2014 at 1:12 AM
heh Lord Locksley Monday, Sep. 08, 2014 at 5:18 AM
does ANYONE now doubt... the 'Lord' is insane^ Monday, Sep. 08, 2014 at 7:28 PM
heh Lord Locksley Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 12:07 AM
arrested development for certain right.... Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 1:35 AM
as a sample IDF 'heros' Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 1:38 AM
heh Lord Locksley Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 1:44 AM
sick excuse for a human right... Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 2:32 PM
heh Lord Locksley Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 4:34 PM
ha ha right... Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 6:15 PM
I guess so.... Lord Locksley Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 at 7:54 PM
Straight from the horse's mouth.... Lord Locksley Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM
Creative Community for Peace Creative Community for Peace Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 at 6:32 AM
Capt Israel sez... End Terrorism Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM
seriously... Often Enough Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM
Hey" Harrass A. Muttfucker Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM
" big misunderstanding...heh" Gaza Schools Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM
what you object to crazy_inventor Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM
amazing right... Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Re: what you object to nobody Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy