Activist Arrested For Asking A Question About Israeli State-Sponsored Terrorism

The question asked was whether Jewish Americans should be concerned about actions by the U.S. and Israel that amount to “state-sponsored terrorism.” “When are we going to stand up and be ethical Jews and Americans?” Rothe-Kushel asked. When he tried to ask another question, a private security guard grasped his arm, followed by an off-duty police officer, both employed by the Jewish Community Foundation.


Rothe-Kushel was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, and Mr. Woolfolk was charged with interfering with that arrest. Both are now awaiting their trials. If you would like to contribute to Jeremy’s Legal Defense fund, they have set up a crowed funding page HERE, also there will be a link available at the bottom of this article.

The library officials kept quiet about the incident for several months, hoping that the city would drop the charges. KCPL Executive Director R. Crosby Kemper said in an interview with the Kansas City Star that the library had “thought the charges would be dropped once the library explained the situation to police and prosecutors.”  However when the curators of the KCPL were informed by the city that the prosecutors were planning to move forward with the charges Kemper said that he was outraged at this violation of the very first amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
 

The case started to gain momentum when the story was covered by the 

The article and the following official statement from the KCPL established that the library officials agreed to the additional security sponsored by JCF with the conditions below, and the reason the JCF insisted on extra security for the event was because of a hate-crime, the shooting at the Jewish Community Foundation two years before that left three dead.

In an interview with The Kansas City Star, Crosby Kemper III, executive director of the city’s library system, said “we’re going to be living in a different kind of country,” if people can be arrested for asking questions at a library. “If this kind of behavior is unacceptable to the police, then I guess we’re going to have to shut the library down.”

All this because Rothe-Kushel who dared to ask, “When are we going to stand up and be ethical Jews and Americans?”

The Library described the event in an official press release:

The episode at the Library’s Plaza Branch arose from a question to Ross, posed by a local activist during the evening’s question-and-answer session. The reaction by members of an outside security detail, who immediately accosted the questioner, was improper and an infringement on free speech, Library Director Crosby Kemper maintains. And he says the ensuing arrests were unwarranted.

“The Library strives to be a place where people of all points of view can feel safe, welcome, and free to express themselves in an appropriate way,” Kemper says. “And so this incident deeply troubles us.”

What happened:

The off-duty officers were part of a small, private security squad arranged by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, one of the Library’s partners in the event. That was to supplement standard Library security. The activist, Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, was first to the microphone when Ross’ presentation turned to Q&A, and his question inferred that the U.S. and Israel have engaged in state-sponsored terrorism. Ross responded and, when Rothe-Kushel attempted to follow up, he was grabbed by one of the private security guards and then by others in the private security detail. Steven Woolfolk, the Library’s director of programming and marketing, attempted to intervene, noting that public discourse is accepted and encouraged at a public event held in a public library.

Rothe-Kushel was subsequently arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest. Woolfolk was charged with interfering with his arrest. Their cases are pending.

Kemper termed the response of private security and police “an egregious violation of First Amendment rights.

“The First Amendment’s protection of the rights of free speech and assembly is cherished by all Americans but particularly by libraries and their patrons,” he says. “An overzealous off-duty police officer violated the rights of one of our patrons at Ambassador Ross’ talk in the Library and doubled down by arresting Steve Woolfolk, who was trying to explain the Library’s rules to the officer.

“In defense of the freedom of speech, the Library stands fully in support of Steve.”

Share this article and help us get the word out. Share this article because it represents the systematic and  incremental erosion of a fundamental ingredient to democracy – the freedom of speech. Share this article to show Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the City Prosecutor’s office that the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights still means something to Americans, and that we as the next generation of patriotic Americans and the descendants of Jews who suffered during WWII will not allow the very freedoms and liberties that our forefathers have fought and died for to quietly be taken from us.

I agree with KCPL Executive Director R. Crosby Kemper, who said the the library’s core reason for existence is a place to exchange ideas, and if people can be arrested for simply asking questions at a library then “We’re going to be living in a different kind of country”.

If you would like to help further you can call or write The Kansas City Prosecutor’s Office and tell them that in the United States of America we have something called the first amendment which insures the freedom of expression. Their address is  1101 Locust St. Kansas City, MO 64106 and their phone number is 1-816-513-6750, Fax: 816-513-6788 and their office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also keep in mind that a good lawyer is expensive, so Jeremy and his wife Laurie started a crowd funding campaign at fundedjustice.com, to help gather enough funds to fight these unjust charges and to potentially file a counter suit against the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Phone: (913) 327-8245

You can also support freedom by following Jeremy’s work on various social network platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube where you can find many more of his lectures, debates, and confrontations.

You can contribute to the Legal Defense for Jeremy Rothe-Kushel and the First Amendment HERE.

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Free Speech Takes Huge Hit as Oakland Bans Protests at Night, Implements Anti-Protest Curfew

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This week, the mayor of Oakland has decided to use an old and unknown law to impose an anti-protest curfew to keep demonstrators off the streets at night.

This curfew does not apply to everyone in the city, only those who are involved in organized protests. Mayor Libby Schaaf put the order into effect in the midst of this week’s #SayHerName protest where women and children peacefully protested victims of police brutality. (more…)

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Happy Valley woman faces eviction over U.S. flag

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HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. — Elodia Royce has always displayed our nation’s flag in support of her family members and friends serving in the military.

“They fought for our freedoms and this is a freedom I should have,” said Royce.

Last week she got a notice from her landlord that the flag in her window must come down or she could be evicted.

“It says all colored drapes need to be removed from the windows, but our flag is not a drape,” said Royce. (more…)

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After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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Sheriff Fires Cop Who Threatened to Arrest Me for Taking Photos of Cops

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K.C. SAULET During an incident he later lied about, according to King County sheriff John Urquhart.

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King County deputy Patrick “K.C.” Saulet has been fired for threatening to arrest me last summer, when I was photographing several officers on a downtown street corner, and then lying to investigators about the incident, says King County sheriff John Urquhart.

The termination is effective today.

“You have a constitutional right to photograph the police,” Sheriff Urquhart asserted in a phone interview with me today. Threatening to arrest a citizen for legally taking photos of cops while on public property, he added, “is a constitutional violation, as far as I am concerned.”

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After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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