BY Sergey Kadinsky
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Tuesday, November 17th 200
The bloody struggle between the Jews and Palestinians has moved to a local battleground – Citi Field.
A group that supports Palestinian causes is crying foul because The Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based organization that funds radical Jewish settlers in the West Bank city, is holding a fund-raiser Saturday at the home of the Mets.
The money they collect will be used to support some 700 Jews who continue to squat in the overwhelmingly Palestinian city, protected from their angry neighbors by the Israeli Army, the pro-Palestinian group says.
“The Palestinians have no rights,” said Ethan Heitner, a spokesman for Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East. “The U.S. foreign policy and international courts consider the settlements illegal.”
In their letter to the Mets, the group asked the organization to pull the plug on the fund-raiser, claiming that supporting the settlers contradicts the Mets’ commitment “to diversity and opposition to discrimination.”
The Mets said no – but insisted they weren’t taking sides.
“The beliefs of organizations holding events at Citi Field do not necessarily reflect those of the New York Mets,” the team said in a statement.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a staunch supporter of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, called the Mets’ decision a victory.
“The Mets are doing the right thing,” said Hikind. “For Jews not to live in Hebron is segregation. It is a city that goes back to the beginning of Judaism.”
The Adalah-NY group plans a 12:30 p.m. protest Wednesday outside Major League Baseball’s headquarters at 245 Park Ave.