Tag Archive: Jews


An American soldier stands near a wagon loaded...
Image via Wikipedia

From the New York Times featured headliner in yesterday’s paper: NYT states that it (the latest deaths) started when Israel fired back.  NYT claims Israel “ignited” the violence by responding to Palestinians’ terror attacks.  Also, the NY Times purposely chose an emotive image of a Palestinian child’s funeral, particularly as Israel was also burying its dead as a result of a terror attack.

This morning, I felt challenged.  It’s hard to be complacent when there is a war against the good in this world.  The way we see it, here, on this corporeal existence, can be seen through the kaleidoscope of the NYT or other news media as good versus evil, almost like a movie, but it’s real.  Here, the truths and consequences are distorted in some brainwashed conspiracy to accept the violation of basic human rights to live and breathe in the form of apathy.  We as mere puppets in this game of weaving truths against untruths play the biggest part of all.  We have become that of which he hate.  We have become intolerant, ignorant, inpatient, and willing to let the media’s bias take a stranglehold of our consciousness and let them play it all out with words and pictures.  This society has become stupid.  We are letting others teach us about intolerance, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hate to form our subconsciousness, and our conscience decisions without even thinking we are doing so.  Judgment in the confluence (a flowing together) that it is, is left to a priori (involving deductive reasoning from the general principle to a necessary fact, not supported by fact) that manifests itself as profound sublimation (divert expression to a more social or culturally accepted form) than it is to make our own judgments based on our own knowledge of facts and truth instead of the above mentioned prevarication (to shift or turn direct speech or behavior; to evade the truth; to be intentionally ambiguous).  Which means, friends, that we need to educate ourselves and not be the media wherewithal they so desperately want us to be.

August 21, 2011

To the NYT:

I’m remembering a time, this decade, when there was a terrorist attack on a bus in Israel were there were multiple deaths and injuries.  As I was watching in horror, a cameraman from a major US network panned over to the attempts of paramedics trying to revive a Jewish infant in the ambulance via CPR, to no avail.  As soon as the scope of the horror of such atrocity was evident , the cameraman panned away immediately. The image was never seen again.

As you show the dead infant in the man’s arms, as horrible as it is, no matter who they are, why are we not also reminded of the death of other human beings on Israel’s side? Has the NYT actually become the apathetic machine who scores indifference to the general media when it comes to Israeli deaths, infants or adults?  Is there no questioning as to why such bias and condemning behavior in the name of human lives of the existential threat of reality that Israel must live in day-to-day terror no NYT employee would dare live through, in as much as they and their children (and I say children because they are the product of this hypocrisy through which their parents are teaching) sit pretty and comfortable in their cushy chairs of hypocrisy on the other side of the world?  Indeed, there is something really wrong here.

Gloss over as much as you like NYT, the truth will not be suppressed by your conscience indignation of willingness to be a form of anti-Semitic propaganda to the world.  Take a history lesson and see that it is the evil of Islāmic  doctrine that will never cease to try to destroy the Jews, whether or not Israel gives up what it is that you want them to give up. Peace will not or
does not occur within evil.   You will see that history and facts are on the side of Israel, whether through the UN or others, that you negate to mention in your articles.

A challenge, if you dare, live among the Palestinians, be their proctor from within the Gaza strip or Ramallah and see if you will survive without the help of Israel.  I dare the NYT to live there and report from there and see how well your untruths will reveal themselves.  Or maybe too afraid to live among them, why I wonder?

Advertisements

Shira’s note: I am always inspired by Ms. Glick’s commentaries. They are profound and as though if I could speak about who I am as a Jew, it would sound just like Ms. Glick. So, here she is speaking for me and all the others who cannot or will not do for Klal Yisrael. The video is about 24 minutes long. It is inspiring and an honor to the Holocaust survivors and us that are here because of them; never again together in Arvut (mutual guarantee).

  CarolineGlick.com / May 2, 2010

Competing visions of “Never Again”

CAROLINE GLICK

In the end, the Holocaust raged until the Allied powers won the war. It didn’t have to be that way. If the Jews had been permitted to leave Europe, the Holocaust could have been averted. But the only place that wanted us wasn’t allowed to take us. The nations of the world closed their gates. Only the Jews in the Land of Israel wanted the Jews of Europe. But the British barred their arrival.

 Continue reading…

Saturday night I was honored to speak at Young Israel of Hillcrest congregation in Queens for their annual Yom HaShoah ceremony. The address formed the basis of my latest column in the Jerusalem Post.
Before I spoke Eva Luxe-Braun, a Holocaust survivor and extraordinarily valiant women shared her story with the congregation.

Dave Reaboi from the Center for Security Policy was kind enough to join me for the evening and videotape the speech. Here it is.

Jonathan Pollard #09185-016

FCI Butner

Butner, NC 27509

The Honorable Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

Via Hand-delivery

April 1, 2011

Dear President Obama:  I am writing to you with faint hope in my heart as Jewish people the world over are preparing for Passover, the Jewish national holiday of freedom.  With the help of President Shimon Peres, G-d willing, this letter will reach you personally.

I write to implore you, Mr. President, in the wake of numerous calls by senior American officials urging you to commute my sentence to time served, and in light of the official request by Prime Minister Netanyahu, to please send me home to Israel now, in time to celebrate my first Passover in freedom in 26 years.

After serving more than a quarter of a century in some of the harshest prisons in the American penal system, I have had a great deal of time to think and to regret. As you are likely aware, I have expressed remorse publicly and privately on numerous occasions and in various documents. Let me take this opportunity to do so once again and to state unequivocally that I am genuinely and sincerely sorry for the offense that I committed in passing classified information to Israel. My actions were wrong and I deeply regret that I did not find a legal way to act upon my concerns for Israel.  As part of an official appeal to you for my release made earlier this year, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also apologized for the operation and expressed remorse on behalf of the State of Israel. I am grateful that the State of Israel has taken this step to assure the United States that such actions will never again be repeated.

As you are also aware, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, and former Senator and Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis DeConcini, in recent letters to you, have indicated that my continued incarceration is unjust.  I defer to their professional  gratefully.  Similarly, I deeply appreciate the principled statement of former Secretary of State George Shultz, who wrote to you that the people who are best informed about the classified material that was passed to Israel favor my release.  He referenced, Messers Woolsey, Deconcini and Michael Mukasey amongst them.

The prominent American leaders who have recently appealed to you  to commute my sentence to time served (to whom I am also deeply indebted) include: US Former Vice President Dan Quayle, Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey; Former White House Legal Counsel Bernard Nussbaum; Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; Head of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein; Former Secretary of State George Shultz; Former Head of Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis Deconcini; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb; Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Former Deputy Attorney General Phillip Heymann; Republican Leader Gary Bauer; more than 500 American Religious and Communal  Leaders of all denominations; Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree; Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr; Congressman Barney Frank along with 39 congressional colleagues; Homeland Security and International Security Adviser, former Congressman Lee Hamilton;  Dr. Henry A. Kissinger; Senator John McCain; Congressman Michael Grimm; 100 New York State legislators; and the Reverend Pat Robertson. (A summary of “Notable Quotes” is attached for your convenience.)

A common theme expressed in these appeals concerns the disproportionate nature of my sentence. Again, I deeply appreciate the expert opinions which state that while I deserved to be convicted, my sentence is grossly disproportionate to the offense committed and that I have served far more time than others convicted of similar offenses. I defer to those officials named above who are far better qualified than I am to make the case on these issues.  For my part, I hope that my own personal appeal may touch your heart and elicit a compassionate, humanitarian response to my heartfelt request to be sent home to Israel for Passover, the holiday of freedom.

My devoted wife, Esther, whom I met and befriended as a teenager, has been faithfully doing everything she can to help me and to bring about my freedom. She has led the struggle for my release for 2 decades, sacrificing her life and her health in the process. She has also had to wage a relentless battle with cancer concurrent with her efforts on my behalf, without the help and support of a loving husband by her side. When she married me in prison years ago, she never imagined that after more than two decades the honeymoon she dreamed of would still be delayed. Mr. President, as much for her sake as for my own, I beseech you to please send me home now, to the first happy holiday that the two of us will ever have.  In a similar vein, after more than a quarter of a century in prison, 7 years in solitary, and much of the time in harsh conditions, my health has dangerously deteriorated. I am in dire need of medical attention and care.  In light of the above compelling health and family reasons, and with the principled support of so many senior American officials, I implore you to act expeditiously to commute the more than 25 years that I have already served in prison to time served.

My release in time to celebrate Passover at home in Israel with my beloved wife would be a welcome gesture of friendship to the Israeli people, an act of solidarity with a staunch and long-time ally of the United States, and a deeply compassionate and humane gift of life to my wife and me.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Pollard

Scuola Greca

Image by bazylek100 via Flickr

In Hebrew, Pesach reads ‘a talking mouth.’  Pesach celebrates freedom, first and foremost – freedom of speech.  Baruch HaShem…Thank G-d for all that we have as a democracy here in the States. On this holiday and always may we become united in our power of speech to increase the Divine, benevolence and beauty in balanced equilibrium.

Shira’s note: This new entry echoes my sentiment from a previous blog on tolerance and education. The target of this piece is ignorance. The less ignorant we are when it comes to facts in the Israeli/Palestinian struggle, and the less anti-Semitism as a whole, the better we are as a society. It’s lengthy (as most of the articles in this blog) but if one were to put away inconveniences towards their bias, they would be more than willing to learn something new. As with all, I apply this to myself as well for I try to aspire to not being a hypocrite.

Following are excerpts from Education Minister Gideon Saar’s 4.4.11 remarks to the European Council of Jewish Communities European Jewish Education and Youth General Assembly, which was held in Paris.

__________

“I thank you for the privilege and the honor of inviting me to address such an important assembly.  With your permission, I would like to begin my remarks by referring to the article by one of our people, Judge Richard Goldstone, in the 1.4.11 edition of The Washington Post. Actually, more than refer to the author of the article, the mendacious report by the commission he headed and the change in his position, I would like to refer to the broader context of the affair. And the context is this: Israel’s right to self-defense, the attempts to either deny this right or to actively undermine it so deeply, and our obligation to uphold it in full. For eight years, missiles were fired at Israel, at its cities and communities, at its citizens and children in Sderot, in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and in Ashkelon. Even after Israel completely left the Gaza Strip in 2005, uprooted all of its communities and its citizens, and withdrew all of its military forces from there, the firing of rockets at Israel continued and even increased. The international community did not rise to the occasion and say: This is intolerable aggression that no country would countenance; these are real crimes.

The UN Human Rights Council, half of the decisions of which deal with Israel, woke up only after the Government of Israel sought to remove the threat, and allow normal life for its citizens and protect them. We saw the exact same phenomenon after limited military operations such as the seizure of the Mavi Marmara and the terrorists that were onboard. And who sought to investigate these “crimes”?  The esteemed members of the UN Human Rights Council such as Libya, Saudi Arabia and Cuba, countries that repress the human rights of their citizens, deny their basic rights and even shed their blood.  The fact is that anti-Semitism is not gone from the world. The new anti-Semitism has converted the de-legitimization of the Jewish People into the de-legitimization of the Jewish state. It is the obsessive preoccupation with Israel, a democratic state that seeks to defend itself in the heart of a region full of dictatorships, which trample the rights of their citizens. But what is happening on the streets of Syria does not bother the UN Human Rights Council.  And I would like to announce here, unequivocally: We will uphold Israel’s right to self-defense in full. We will not allow it to be attacked and we will not agree that the world apply to us rules that are different from those which apply to all other countries. We will uphold the one thing that no one gave us as a gift. And we will never, never relinquish that right, without which we would not exist. And I ask you – to stand with us, to stand together with us in this struggle! The key to our future is education, Jewish education. Jewish education – recognizing our roots – is the real source of our strength in coping with all of the problems and difficult challenges that we have yet to face. It is what safeguards our common values. Education is also the bulwark against assimilation in the Diaspora. We have two bulwarks that safeguard our existence and the future of our people: The State of Israel and Jewish education.

Knowledge of the history of the Jewish People, our great cultural heritage, the Bible and the Jewish library, the history of the Land of Israel and our Hebrew language – all of these are the real, time-tested foundations of our national strength, the strength which is demanded of us, and will continue to be demanded of us, in order to prevail against the great challenges before us.  Permit me to conclude with the sentence that we will say in another two weeks, at the Passover table: “Next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem!” I announce here my intentions to hold a conference of educators from throughout the Jewish world on the issue of Jewish education – in Jerusalem.”