Catalyst Global-- Racist and Religious Bigotry?
Sexism and Profanity, Too
Capitol Hill. February 17. 2013 --- A leading Wall Street company has erupted in an outrageous display of apparent racist or religious bigotry, with profanity and sexism thrown into the mix.
Catalyst Global LLC, with a Fifth Ave address, has responded to a request to sign the Holy Land Principles with, “ Go f- - k yourself – clear enough.” (Full obscene email below).
The Holy Land Principles are a corporate code of conduct for American companies doing business in The Holy Land (Israel-Palestine-West Bank, Gaza Strip-East Jerusalem).The Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles ( for Northern Ireland), which Fr. Sean Mc Manus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, launched way back on November 5, 1984.
Fr. Mc Manus launched the Holy Land Principles on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2013, through an updated edition of his Memoirs: My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … and The Holy Land.
He said: “ We wrote to all the 570 American companies doing business in The Holy Land urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles. Most companies have responded politely; there have been a few discourteous responses; but Catalyst Global is truly shocking.”
The Irish-born Catholic priest, now also president of Holy Land Principles Inc., continued: “ Prescinding from the unprofessional crudeness, profanity and disrespect, what possible racist or religious bigotry would motivate such an outrageous eruption? And to make matters worse, the response was made to Barbara Flaherty, our Executive Vice President, who had followed up on my behalf with an email requesting the Company to respond to my letter urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles.( See Barbara’s email below). So a bullying, sexist attitude has been thrown into the mix, as well. If nothing else, it certainly proves that Catalyst Global needs to sign a corporate code of conduct. If that is their public attitude, God only knows what their attitude is to their employees in The Holy Land. Please bear in mind, we emphasized to all the Companies that we would be publishing their replies”
Fr. Mc Manus concluded by explaining that Ms. Flaherty’s email had been sent to Mr. David Collins, founder of Catalyst Global, and also Investor Relations Contact, at this email address: email@example.com
However, a Mr. Eric Lentini responded on behalf of Mr. Collins and Catalyst Global.
From: Eric Lentini <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: SECOND REQUEST ON HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES
Date: February 15, 2013 2:48:53 PM EST
To: Barbara Flaherty <Barbara@HolyLandPrinciples.org>
Go fuck yourself - clear enough
Catalyst Global LLC
104 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212 924-9800
From: Barbara Flaherty [/src/compose.php?send_to=Barbara@HolyLandPrinciples.org]
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 2:44 PM
To: Barbara Flaherty
Cc: Barbara Flaherty
Subject: SECOND REQUEST ON HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES
February 15, 2013
Dear Investor Relations Contact,
This is my second email to you requesting a response to the letter sent to
you and the CEO of your Company on December 14, 2012 by Fr. Sean Mc Manus,
president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and the Holy Land
As I said in my first email, along with his letter, Fr. Mc Manus sent each
of you a copy of his Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern
Ireland . And The Holy Land.
In our experience dealing with these issues, it is unusual for a Company and
its IRC not to respond to such requests.
Furthermore, the Holy Land Principles campaign mandates us to publish the
responses - or lack thereof - of all American companies doing business in
the Holy Land.
The Holy Land Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles, which were
also launched by Fr. Mc Manus on November 5, 1984. Initially, companies
opposed these Principles, but after the Mac Bride Campaign became very
powerful, many Companies signed the Principles. And now, the Mac Bride
Campaign is considered the most effective campaign ever against
anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. Fr. Mc Manus is determined
- along with countless others -- that the Holy Land Principles will, too,
become a powerful force for good. As he says, " Surely no one can argue that
Catholics in Northern Ireland deserve these Principles but Palestinian
Muslims and Palestinian Catholics do not?"
We, therefore, look forward to a prompt response, and to your Company
signing the Holy Land Principles.
The way to " sign" the Principles is to send Fr. Mc Manus a letter affirming
your Company " will make all lawful efforts to implement the Fair
Employment Practices embodied in the Holy Land Principles in your operations
in The Holy Land" - the very same language used by companies signing the
Thank you for your attention.
Executive Vice President
Irish National Caucus
Holy Land Principles, Inc.
P.O. BOX 15128
Washington, DC 20003-0849
posted by B.J. FLAHERTY @ 7:12 PM