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Jewish Voice for Peace’s L.A. chief is threatened

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February 9, 2011 | 12:15 pm

The head of the Jewish Voice for Peace in the Los Angeles area was threatened for her involvement in the organization.

Estee Chandler,  the organization’s Los Angeles chapter leader, said she found a poster on her front porch last week reading “WANTED for treason and incitement against Jews.” The poster featured her picture and gave information including her workplace, personal information, and the names of her nieces and nephews.

The poster, which targets her work with Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish organization that champions Palestinian rights, charged her with using “her own presumed Jewishness as a weapon against the Jewish People and the Jewish State of Israel while conspiring with other well-known anti-Israel groups to assist in Israel’s destruction and to otherwise engender hatred and incite further violence against the Jewish People and the Jewish State of Israel.”

Chandler had been in the media as part of a national effort to convince the retirement fund giant TIAA-CREF to divest from from holdings in companies that the Jewish Voice for Peace says profit from Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

The creators of the poster have not yet been found, according to a Jewish Voice for Peace news release.

“I was forewarned about extremists when I first decided to start a Jewish Voice for Peace chapter here in my hometown of Los Angeles,” Chandler said. “I went into it with my eyes open.”

She added, “Ultimately I think these people really are cowards, and not really to be feared.”

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