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: However, a Mr. Eric Lentini responded on behalf of Mr. Collins and Catalyst Global. END   ***************             From:             Eric Lentini <>             Subject:         RE: SECOND REQUEST ON HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES             Date: February 15, 2013 2:48:53 PM EST             To:      Barbara Flaherty <>   Go fuck yourself – clear enough Contact information   Catalyst Global LLC 104 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011 Telephone: 212 924-9800 Fax: 917-338-1796 Skype: catalyst.global2012   —–Original Message—– From: Barbara Flaherty [/src/compose.php?] 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 Principles, Inc.   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 MacBride Principles.   Thank you for your attention.
Barbara Flaherty
Executive Vice President
Irish National Caucus
Holy Land Principles, Inc.
P.O. BOX 15128 Capitol Hill Washington, DC 20003-0849
Tel. 202-488-0107
Fax. 202-488-7537

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