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July 26th, 2016
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Letters to the Editor

BDS Must be Addressed by Jewish Leaders

Dear Editor:

The Jewish Voice article (July 13, 2016) by Klement, Jolovitz, and Slepak, gives a detailed report on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the failure of Jewish leadership in Israel and America to combat it. The report raises several alarms. The movement is a global propaganda campaign, meant to delegitimize and eliminate Israel. We read that many people pledged their money and efforts to destroy BDS on campus and elsewhere, and yet, according to this report, and from what we read and see on a daily basis, the efforts have shown no results.

We give kudos to Governor Cuomo of NY State who passed legislation penalizing BDS supporters. Other states are getting on board and using legislation to fight the economic warfare. Even the Federal government has created a Trade Provision Authority which should affect the EU and all foreign companies engaged in BDS. Despite this, the movement seems to be growing.

The failure of Israel’s Strategic Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committees to agree on action that will have an effect against BDS is pathetic. Knowing that Arab countries are funding the global campaign, Israel and all the many organizations and agencies that should be fighting BDS, should certainly be doing a better job. Instead, Klement, Jolovitz, and Slepak point fingers of failure at a host of organizations supposedly well funded to do the job.

We learn that JNF received $100 million without any results to show. The Campus Maccabees, created by billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban, with David Brog at the helm, seems to have made no inroads. The Jewish Agency has failed. Mort Klein of the ZOA took a $1.5 million salary from $5 million raised and their campus efforts show no results. Stand With Us not only had no success, but appeared to be belligerent about it when questioned. Ron Lauder of the World Jewish Congress preaches against BDS, but the organization is another failure in this matter.

The authors conclude the war against Israel, and the anti-Semitism targeted at all Jews, has been going on forever. The battlefield has changed. The military war has become a political and economic war, with the academics taking a lead position. Just as the war against Islamic terror must be fought and won, so the war against defamation and delegitimization of Israel must be fought and won. If today’s current leadership will continue to fail at this task, new leadership must be found that will use the millions of dollars allocated to the task in a successful campaign. Does such leadership exist and can it meet the challenge?


Helen Freedman


Is Proud of the Jewish National Fund

(The following letter from Russell Robinson, the CEO of the JNF speaks quite eloquently of what his organization has done for Israel but does not address the issue of why the JNF has achieved less than negligible results in terms of effectively confronting the egregious propaganda that is regularly spewed forth by the BDS movement.)

To the Editor:

Your recent article, Jewish Leadership’s Failure to Effectively Battle BDS (July 13, 2016), incorrectly implies that Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) is one as the same as Keren Kayemeth L’Israel (KKL-JNF), and falsely charges that we receive revenue from Israeli land leases. Aside from wrong facts, it alarms me that you printed them nonetheless. After all, your publisher, David Ben-Hooran knows the difference between JNF-USA and KKL-JNF as I have explained it in detail to him.

Adding insult to injury, he continues to misquote me, this time printing a statement I never made. Mr. Ben-Hooran will recall that he recently cornered me during a farewell event for outgoing Israel Consul General Ido Aharoni where I firmly told Mr. Ben-Hooran, with the utmost of clarity, that I had nothing to share because of his past writing. Further, to allege your additional “queries went unanswered by JNF administrators” is blatantly untrue and, sadly, more evidence of poor journalism.

I am proud of what JNF-USA has accomplished for Israel. Our Boruchin Israel Education and Advocacy Center is a real game changer in Jewish philanthropy supporting and doubling efforts to connect Jews and non-Jews alike to Israel. Perhaps if you read or shared our press releases you would know that. Besides all the many programs the Center sponsors it now counts among its partners the Israel Campus Coalition (ICC), the David Project and Jerusalem University.

Your inference that we have something to hide is appalling. JNF-USA takes great pride in its auditing and internal governance structure, the proper management of donor contributions and the selection of and investment in JNF-USA’s projects. We consistently receive the highest of marks from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, and we are also recognized by the Better Business Bureau as an accredited charity along with the American Institute of Philanthropy.

BDS is a serious subject matter but you chose instead to malign the fine organizations working to counter BDS’ effects here and abroad. Your shameful reporting helps bolster those who use JNF-USA and others as fundraising mechanisms to attack Israel rather than support her. And for that there is no excuse.

Russell F. Robinson

Chief Executive Officer

Jewish National Fund


BDS is “New War” Against Israel

Dear Editor:

The recent Jewish Voice front page expose of the very tepid response by Jewish leadership to the ever-growing threat of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement directed against the Jewish State offers two very different conclusions. First, it is somewhat comforting to note that there is a journalistic interest by those who support Israel to unmask the pernicious nature of this “new war” against Israel. And second, how disconcerting, and shameful, it is to realize how most of the major American Jewish organizations have focused so much of their attention, and their resources, on political issues that pale as insignificant when compared to the threat of BDS.

American Jews need to call to task the organizations that they have supported, often for a second or third generation, and demand that they prioritize when feeling philanthropic. The perception that Israel is not facing an existential threat needs to be reexamined. We all understand the sobering reality of “a death of a thousand cuts.” The Jewish Voice is to be commended.


David Ze'ev

New York


At This Point, What Difference Does It Make?

Dear Editor

While western civilization is reeling from the devastating Islamist terror attack on July 14 in Nice, France, Hillary Clinton, the woman who asked what difference it made in uncovering the truth in the Benghazi attacks, believes the answer to the terrorist scourge is to increase our intelligence. Her opponent, Donald Trump, has declared WAR on ISIS and all Islamic terror groups that are targeted at destroying us. Which candidate seems to have a greater grasp of the situation? Is it the Hillary who promised she would answer the 2AM emergency call, but neglected to hear the urgent calls for help from Benghazi that lasted 13 hours, resulting in the deaths of four brave Americans? No. Americans want a commander-in-chief who will call the enemy by its proper name and will launch an all- out fight against it.

Hillary – the liar-in-chief – has lied about her emails, which have put the nation at risk. Hillary and Bill exploit the unsavory Clinton Foundation donations, amounting in the millions, made in exchange for give-away favors to dubious dictators. Hillary lied about what she really meant when she said she’d put the coal miners out of work, and so much more. Her support of the Iran deal, and the lengths to which she and Obama will go to curry favor with Iran, despite its flagrant violations of whatever agreement was reached, are almost traitorous and should be sufficient to disqualify her for any governmental position.

Donald Trump hasn’t been tested as a public servant, but he has triumphed as a businessman and family man. In contrast to Hillary, he speaks the truth, even if it is not “politically correct.” That is why his public loves him and the establishment dislikes him so much – with the media in lock step with the establishment. Trump promises the repeal of Obamacare and a self-sufficient energy policy which will include oil, natural gas, and coal, producing millions of new jobs and trillions of dollars. Although Trump has been criticized by the bleeding hearts for his stand on illegal immigration, which includes building a wall, deporting criminal aliens, eliminating sanctuary cities, and going after those who overstay their visas, reasonable people see these as necessary measures.

On the subject of Israel, Hillary is ready to divide Jerusalem, continues to prattle on about the “two-state solution”, and fails to recognize that Islamic terror in Israel is the “canary in the coal mine” warning Europe and America of what we can expect. Trump, on the other hand, endorses the Republican position that language on the “two-state solution” is eliminated from the Republican platform. He recognizes that it is the same Islamic terror, whether it be named ISIS, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, or Al Qaeda, that threatens Israel, America, and the civilized world. His pronouncements of loyalty to Israel, America’s ONLY ALLY in the Middle East, have a ring of reality and authenticity.

In looking at the facts about the two candidates, it is evident that it makes a HUGE difference as to who will be elected. A Hillary victory will ensure America’s present downward spiral will continue. A Trump victory will enable us to look forward to improved security, a better economy, containment of ISIS and Iran, the removal of CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood from the Whitehouse and our Security details, a stop to illegal immigration, a stop to pretend “refugees” swarming into our country, an end to the dangerous and dismal Obamacare, and so much more.

In reality, turning the country around from the disastrous Obama/Hillary policies of the last seven and one-half years will be a daunting task, but Trump is ready to meet the challenge. At this point it makes quite a difference.


Blanche Weinstein


Sharia Law Calls For Murder of Innocents

Dear Editor:

The mass murder of gays in Florida and elsewhere, are indeed “hate” crimes, as President Obama states. However, what he and most others do not state is the source of the hatred of gays. While most religions 'hate' homosexuals, only one religion, Islam, is telling its followers to kill gays. The source is the Quran, which clearly states followers should “throw gays off the top of the highest building.” No, that is not bias or Islamaphobic talk. It is simply the truth. The followers of Isis, jihadists, do not wake up and pull these acts of violence out of thin air.

They are simply following what is in the Quran, hadiths of Muhammad and Sharia law. No, that does not mean all Muslims will do the same, but it does mean we all had better begin speaking honestly about the Quran’s teachings, which appeal to many millions out there.

In order to stop terrorism, we need to begin citing these passages and texts, and then telling young adults that to follow these religious edicts is...wrong. Until we do that, the violence will continue. Yes, the violent words of Islam are the problem. We need to be able to state that clearly, factually, to stop it. This is Not bias. This is common sense. If Christians had a bible which told them to go out and kill gays and Jews, and many of them were out there killing on an almost now daily basis, no one would hesitate to cite these passages and then tell them this is wrong, as the source of the problem of violence. Why is the world afraid to use common sense when it comes to Islam? Why? Have we all lost our common sense and moral courage?

Here is a quote from a manual of Islamic law, al-Siyaasah al-Shar’iyyah, as reproduced at “Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas said: The highest point in the town should be found and the homosexual should be thrown headfirst from it, then stones should be thrown at him.

“Ibn ‘Abbaas derived this hadd punishment from the punishment that Allaah sent upon the homosexuals of the people of Loot.”

It quotes a saying of Muhammad from a hadith: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslim, O servant of God, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ Only the Gharkad tree would not do that, because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)[29]”

Ginette Weiner

Scottsdale, Arizona


Wants Congress to Stay Home

Dear Editor

Congress adjourning and leaving Washington for a recess of seven weeks is actually great news. Our civil and economic liberties are continually at risk when any legislative body — be it the New York City Council, New York State Legislature or Congress is in session. Elected officials on a bipartisan basis routinely pass legislation to increase spending, taxes, borrowing and deficits. They also pass bills benefiting their "Pay for Play" contributors, funding pork barrel member items along with new rules and regulations infringing on our day to day lives. When Congress is not working, they can't cause mischief and grief for the rest of us. I wish they would stay home even longer!.


Larry Penner


Most Disorganized “Coup” in the Middle East

Dear Editor:

In retrospect, the 'coup' that happened in Turkey last Friday appears to have been staged as a sort of Reichstag bombing incident.

Recent news is that the coup contingent was very small and disorganized. There were, in fact, very few tanks in street. Captured soldiers said they thought they were partaking in a training exercise. Sources say if this was a coup it was probably the most disorganized coup in Middle East history. If it was a legit coup then civilians in street would have been would have been ruthless, like other successful coups in the Middle East. This one was half-hearted and folded like a tent.

Erdogan is now using the pretext to sack senior military officers, judges, prosecutors, etc. 2,745 judges and prosecutors were removed today across Turkey. What did they have to do with the 'coup?' Basically, Erdogan is using this to further cement his ruthless, authoritarian grip in Turkey.

Erdogan has long used a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who was granted amnesty here in US, as his bogeyman for assuming more and more control.

Erdogan claims that the attempted coup was carried out by a clique within the military loyal to Gulen's movement. But Gulen condemned the coup in the strongest terms yesterday and wrote afterward, "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations."

It's looking more and more like a False Flag event.


Robert Blixenbaum



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