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Are 'supporters' being hired to attend Glenn Beck rally?

An ad on Janglo seeks people to serve as ambassadors for their countries of origin at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage rally. Will they get paid? “Depends where you’re from”

Conservative talk-radio host Glenn Beck (photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

The uber-conservative Christian Zionist commentator Glenn Beck has arrived in Israel. He will hold his “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem on August 24.

So it seems like a mighty odd coincidence that a few weeks ago, I found this ad on Janglo:

On August 24 2011 there is a huge international event being held in Jerusalem where people are coming to stand with Israel.

At the event there are flags from every country and we are looking for people to be the ambassador for their country….

We are looking for people who were either born in or had a parent or grand-parent from numerous different countries…..

Please note, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States are full

If you have a connection to any country not mentioned above please be in contact.

Thank you !

I emailed the contact listed. I included the link to the ad and asked a straightforward question: “will you be paying people for their participation in this event?”

I received a response from Jonny Daniels—Senior Advisor to MK Danny Danon (Likud)—who wrote “Depends where you are from.” So, in other words, that means at least some of those who attend might be getting paid to do so.

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    1. James

      Huh, UAE is full, who is representing them. lol.

      I’d be surprised if they struggle for people, there are a helluva lot of Christian zionists out there and they’re very passionate about Israel, in some ways even more than Jewish zionists.

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    2. I can do “Israel”! Take me!

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    3. The “payment” is in the form of a free bus ride. That’s it. You know, like when kibbutznikim were trucked into Meah Shearim in the 1950s; or when Peace Now facilitated arrivals to Kikat Malchei Yisrael.

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    4. @Yisrael – do you say this because you’re part of the organizers? Is this an official answer?

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    5. mya guarnieri

      hi yisrael, thanks for the answer. but i’m not sure i buy it… it doesn’t dovetail very well with what jonny said (see above).

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    6. a) Mya, what you wrote is a forced (friendly) interpretation from his words; which I don’t buy nor would I sell.

      b) bus transportation is being provided from Ariel and Efrat, from Riskin & CFOIC. c’est tout. no participation payment, which is what you wrote.

      c) btw, no free bus rides for the Jlm event.

      d) at Caesarea, there’ll be maybe 1500 Xtians and maybe 200-300 Jews. If more, well, all the better.

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    7. @Yisrael – since Caesarea holds around 5,000 people, I guess I shouldn’t have a problem getting a ticket. I have contacted CFOIC (through your website), who said tickets are free and that there is space, but they said they would get back to me.

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    8. Daoud

      No Palestinians need apply.

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    9. Danny

      Poor Glenn… wouldn’t look good if only some 700 or so religious nuts arrived to hear his “sermon”. It might damage his reputation as a nut magnet, and would force him to become even more nutty, which would be a pretty tough thing to do. I think a nice, sincere apology to the J14 protesters would go a long way. But then, that’s not Glenn’s style, is it?

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    10. mya guarnieri

      so, yisrael, care to explain why this ad was on janglo under “jobs”? 🙂

      care to explain why, when i asked jonny if people are getting paid to attend the event, he said “Depends where you are from”?

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    11. a) why apologize, Danny? he’s not alowed an opinion? only those socialists or anarchists who can use low-intensity violence against MKs and throw water bottles at police?

      b) Mya: i’m not responsible for Janglo. ask them. you’re the professional journalist.

      “depends where from” by me means ‘if you need a bus ride, it can be arranged”

      c) i made my inquiries as to participation payment and after the guffawing calmed down, i received this: “Of course. $2.98 for Macedonia or Pitcairn’s Island!”.

      d) i’m now responsible for anything less than 5000?

      p.s. how come this comment system doesn’t have an alert so I know when people respond?

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    12. mya guarnieri

      yisrael: really? i asked a direct question: “will you be paying people for their participation in this event?” the answer: “depends where you are from”

      i didn’t say “will you be covering transportation costs?” or “will you be paying people for their transportation to this event?”

      as for as your attempt to turn this into a location/busing issue, please see the ad that jonny posted on janglo. clearly, the “depends where you’re from” refers to the fact that the countries mentioned in the ad are already full and that the advertiser is looking for people of certain nationalities.

      as for your claim that you made inquiries about payment… that’s funny that you got a response because the two emails i have sent asking more pointed questions about payment have gone unanswered.

      as for janglo, no, not every post would go automatically under jobs. there is an “events” section. so why did glenn beck’s scheduler file this ad under jobs and not events if it were not a paid gig?

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    13. @Yisrael – nope, you’re not responsible for numbers. Never said you were, actually. Just said I used the info on your site to get a ticket. And I hope I will, since there isn’t a seating problem.
      It’s OK that I come, right?

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    14. Sam Smith

      I have to ask you, as someone involved in organizing this event, what you think you’ll get out of it.
      Using as your centerpiece someone like Glenn Beck, who is regarded with disapproval (to say the least) by most of the Western world and the U.S, only serves to further highlight the isolation which your camp finds itself in. Those in the U.S. that still have a high opinion of Beck – for heaven’s sake, the man was kicked off of Fox – are the fringe of the fringe, and associating with them just tarnishes your image amongst those who do not have strong opinions on the P-I conflict and are not what you would call “anti-Israeli”. Unfortunately, I think this also tarnishes the image of Israel in general, and is thus another way in which the country itself contributes to its deteriorating international standing.

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    15. a) Mya: either you didn’t understand or the other party didn’t or intended to say something else. There is no payment that I am aware of for “participation”. “Depends where you’re from”, I presume, means: did you come from abraod – then go to Glenn; and if an Israeli, you get a free bus ride.

      b) I disagree.

      c) the poster/flyer: http://myrightword.blogspot.com/2011/08/glenn-beck-caesarea-rally-poster.html

      d) can the webmaster insert an alert of comment program so I know when you’re all responding?

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    16. @Yisrael – Thanks for the poster, which says that there are tickets left.
      I just emailed the address given.
      This is the reply I got:
      “Thank you for your request but at this time tickets are no longer available for the Caesarea Event on August 21st.”
      You guys run a tight ship.

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    17. Yotam Laufer

      From the poster: “The courage of love” – cynical.

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    18. Yisrael: we are planning a round of improvements to the site, and we hope we will get to comment alerts as well. thanks for your remarks.

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