My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, February 23, 2009

Latest weapon against Israelis: Shoes....

Yes, they can't even bear to let an Israeli talk...
Ron Edelheit was about to begin a speech on the Gaza war to a gathering of Dutch Jews in Amsterdam on Sunday when he counted four shoes hurtling toward him.

"Two of them hit me," he said, both on the legs. He spoke to The Jerusalem Post by phone on Monday from The Hague, where he had just finished pressing charges against the three "youngsters" who assaulted him.

Edelheit, who holds both Israeli and Dutch citizenship, travels to Holland about once a year to visit his mother, a resident of The Hague.

As a reservist in the IDF Spokesman's Unit, he was asked by the Women's International Zionist Organization to speak at a gathering of its members and affiliates in Amsterdam. It was at that event that he was attacked.

From the beginning, Edelheit's speaking engagement - which was intended to be a simple affair and in which he had participated in the past - was troubled by pro-Palestinian activists in Holland. Their threatening letters and phone calls succeeded in having the event canceled at its first location.

When it was rescheduled for the Apollo hotel in Amsterdam, not even a significant police presence outside the venue could protect Edelheit. The three youths who assaulted him, all of them ethnically Dutch in appearance, simply paid the entry fee and walked into the engagement.

"The police were at the 50-man demonstration outside," said Edelheit, referring to a rally allegedly organized by the Dutch Palestine Committee. "But these three young people, who you could tell did not belong [at the event], came right in."

Edelheit had not even begun his presentation when the protesters stood up.

"Each of them shouted something different, which is why nobody knows what they said. And then four shoes came flying at me," he said.

Edelheit is not the only Israeli to have been "shoed" this month. On February 4, Israeli ambassador to Sweden Benny Dagan was hit by a shoe while defending the IDF's Operation Cast Lead at Stockholm University.


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