Young Naturist Causes and Support Of Artists 4 Israel Golan Project
(This post was written and published by Jordan Blum)
For the longest time neither Felicity, Young Naturists America nor myself have responded to any of the countless negative comments or ludicrous accusations made by some people (mostly from within the Nudist and Naturist communities).
But something happened when we published the announcement of the upcoming event by Artists 4 Israel. The moment we published the announcement we began receiving all kinds of comments. While most of the comments were supportive, a growing number of them were negative.
So I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the issues. For those of you who are unaware, let me begin by outlining some of the facts:
- The Artists 4 Israel event was not created by YNA
- The event was created to raise money to be able to to dress up some of the bomb shelters in the Golan Heights
- The Golan Heights borders Syria and with all the instability in that country there is a risk that people in Israel, especially in the Golan, might get shelled. This would mean that people (and children) might have to spend time (perhaps days or weeks in the bomb shelters)
- The event organizers contacted YNA to see if we could help with finding nude friendly people that would be willing to get body painted naked (not professional models – we were asked if anyone in our community would be interested)
- The Artists 4 Israel project aim: “Using art and beauty across the Golan to counteract the fear and uncertainty of attacks from Syria”
- Artists 4 Israel is a real organization, and they were approached by the Golan Municipalities.
For the record, I grew up in the northers part of Israel and have had to spend time in bomb shelters. I know how dreary and depressing they can be.
Here are some of the comments we received:
- The Golan Heights isn’t on the border with Syria, it’s Syrian territory illegally annexed by Israel.
- This group is trying to use art and partying to distract from Israel’s oppressive practices.
- A terrible idea that supports illegal settlement and Apartheid!
There were also far more upsetting comments on Facebook. Some made remarks that insinuated that Israel as a state (and the Jewish population that lives there) do not have a right to exist. Some took it a bit further and insinuated that by default – I (as in myself personally) do not have the right to exist.
For the record I would like to officially say – Screw everyone who thinks that one innocent child’s suffering is less significant than another!
So with that in mind…. Let me just say to those people who made the comments – “You Are Behaving Like Quite The Asses” (and I mean it from the bottom of my heart). To those who singled me out – “I am here and yes I am Jewish – Deal with it!”
None of those people who demanded that we not help out innocent civilians in the Golan offered to create an event to help the people on the other side of the fence.
I would like them to note the following facts:
- We never said no to helping out a fundraiser for the people of Syria.
- We did not turn down any organization that was legitimately trying to do good in this world.
- We have always been supportive of organizations that are willing to accept our values. Especially those that go so far as to incorporate them into a central part of their event.
- The interactions with the event organizers has been nothing but warm, respectful and positive.
We are not a big organization, but we do as much as we can and then some! And in an industry that is less than forward thinking or open minded and supportive. So with that in mind… I think it is time for all you hate mongerers of late to put your money where your mouth is. Like my grandmother would say – shit or get off the pot. Go out and create a transparent collaborative event that incorporates and celebrates the love and acceptance we have for people – the human beings themselves. Stop bitching and creating drama because you enjoy ranting in public! Kick the ego out and get to work! If you really care then focus on creating something positive rather than trying to hinder our efforts and creating drama.
Once you have it all together then let us know :) Till then – please behave with respect and note that we are doing what we can, with what we have to send a positive message.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE!