DragonflyHill Urban Farm Targeted for Our Defense of Palestinian Human Rights

We recently came under a viral attack over several platforms because of a review we wrote of a book on Amazon  The book negated Palestinians and their history,  (Amazon has deleted the book) Our review affirmed the existence of Palestinians and asserted that the book was racist. Our facebook business page alone for DragonflyHill Urban Farm Community has received over 1700 1 star reviews, including accusations that we have insects and other vermin and that our house is filthy. But they have also accused us of refusing lodging to Jews and Israelis (two of us are Jewish, and we have had Israeli and Jewish guests and roommates) and of being bigots and racists. Some of the reviews included bigoted speech and attacks. You know the rhetoric. Some expressed a desire to put us out of business.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/DragonflyhillUrbanFarm/reviews/ Prior to this campaign, all our facebook, google and yelp reviews were 5 star.

We received dozens of 1 star reviews on Yelp, and over 130 similar reviews on Google My Business.   (Update 7/3/17:  Most of these reviews have been removed on these platforms. A few have been allowed to remain. )

For the record, it takes a certain amount of Jewish self hatred/antisemitism to attack and try to destroy a Jewish owned business overnight, with accusations of vermin and filth.
#WhosTheAntisemiteNOw?
Please don’t engage them. Please report as many of the bad reviews as you can. If you want to write your own review for us, go ahead. We doubt we can ever catch up with them.
Thankfully for our own credibility we have almost 300 stellar reviews on Airbnb, which is our main income source. And Airbnb’s review process is much more accountable. You have to have stayed here through their platform,  to review us. https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/18967912
Please support our business and buy our many products and services. We are a community of 6 workers who rely on this space for our livelihood. By design our social justice work is incorporated into our business and community model. dragonflyhill.wordpress.com Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DragonflyhillUrbanFarm/   Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DHillUrbanFarm Come to breakfast. (The more people here, the more security! Plus we’re a lot of fun and the food is great!) https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/in-the-neighborhood-stop-by-for-breakfast/

Support our nonprofit, The WE Empowerment Center.  https://theweempowermentcenter.wordpress.com/donation-page/ Currently we are asking for donations of $1 for each bad review, with a goal of $1700.

For information on the book that was being sold on Amazon that got a lot of reviews, both negative and positive: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.797333 We don’t know if anyone else who wrote a review of the book was also targeted. We do not have the text of our review since it was deleted by Amazon when they removed the book from their web page.

The book claimed to be the true history of the Palestinian People, but was full of empty pages, implying that there is no Palestinian people. and there is no Palestine. Our review called this book racist for its denial of the existence of Palestine and Palestinians. We included in our review this Zionist poster from 1930s. It shows a painting of Jerusalem with the caption “Visit Palestine” to show that there is in fact a historic Palestine. Thank you to everyone who has written new reviews and has reached out to us. We don’t think this ugly campaign can hurt us if we also have the support from likeminded people. We have created a very magical space here, and look forward to years of collaboration, collectivism, craftwork, artwork, communication, receiving wanderers, creativity and so on!

1930s Zionist poster depicting a view of Jerusalem and the caption: Visit Palestine

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