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(L to R): Paul Schnee, ZOA-LA Chapter President; Honorees Pamela Geller and Steve Goldberg; CZC Founder Orit Arfa/Madonna; and Honoree Robert Spencer
Yes, that was the feeling at Hotel Shangri La as it literally rolled out the red carpet for the Creative Zionist Coalition and its esteemed honorees: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Steve Goldberg. They were the real winners on Oscar night. They don't just play heroes onscreen. They ARE heroes, fighting the forces of evil (Islamic supremacism) and defending the good (individual freedom, Israel and the US).
About 100 people came on Oscar night to celebrate Zionist and Jewish identity. It was a true reversal of fortune, in true Purim fashion. At a hotel where Jews were once spurned, they were celebrated on the hotel's dime. As Jew-hatred is on the rise in the world, this Purim party demonstrates that when Jews stand up for their interests, they can turn Jew-hatred on its head!
Below are pictures from the event and video coverage, including the acceptance speeches of our honorees (Mahmoud Abbas, the "Haman" awardee, included), a performance by Madonna, and the results of our Keter Awards for Israeli Advocacy.
To read more about the party, check out these articles (with a few more to come):
Zionists to Honor Anti-Islam Activists at Hotel Shangri La, by Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish Journal
Celebrating on Haman's Tab, Meir Doron, Israeli Life USA (Hebrew)
Even Madonna Showed-up...Kind Of, LiAna Baruch, Israeli Life USA (Hebrew)