Tzemach Yehudah Richter
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A Peace Plan In Progress – Section Eight – HHH Would Most Probably Have Had “Someone Who Said Something” Banned From The Minn. DFL


As we all look forward with hope and prayers to a year filled with peace, joy and togetherness, I am quite shocked that “you know who” remains in “occupied territory” otherwise known as Minnesota’s Fifth District Congressional seat.

Omar’s verbal attacks against Jews, Israelis and Americans, began long before she was elected to Congress. Her statements such as-

 In 2012, she tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” The tweet came in reaction to Israel’s November 2012 operation against Hamas in Gaza. 

Earlier this year, Omar said that pro-Israel activists and lawmakers hold “allegiance to a foreign country”. In reaction, Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Omar’s remarks amounted to a “vile anti-Semitic slur”

These messages, along with many other similar verbal attacks by the Congresswoman send a clear message about her feelings toward me, the Jews who live in her District and the Jewish State I now call home.

Her continued support of CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood, BDS and her agreement to be sponsored by Miftah for her banned Israel trip, makes it clear who Omar is and who she supports.  Throw in for good measure that video where Omar is seen laughing and giggling while she admits taking terrorism classes in University. Despite being told many times that her words offended Jews, Israelis and Americans, Omar could not have CAIRED less.

HHH And His Legacy – A Minnesota DFL Founding Member And Minnesota Statesman

I was born one year after the State Of Israel was established, and the 1948 Democratic Convention took place. Hubert H. Humphrey gave one of his most memorable speeches at that convention calling for members to look closer at the concept of “Civil Rights”. And 16 years later, LBJ, with Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey at his side, signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law.

As I said in one of my previous Blogs, while going to the University of Minnesota, I worked at a company called I. S. Joseph in downtown Minneapolis to help pay for my tuition fees. It was there I met the CEO of the company, Burton Joseph, and his wife Geri Joseph. And when I was called into Burton’s office, I noticed picture after picture on each of his walls which showed Geri at various political gatherings, with HHH in many of those pictures.

This is where I received a good education about who HHH was and what he stood for. Just being in that office allowed me to hear many stories about Hubert Humphrey. And those stories remain firmly engrained in my mind until today.

Geri M. Joseph (born June 19, 1923) is Jewish and an American journalist, academic and political figure

In 1948 she worked as a speechwriter for Hubert H. Humphrey during his successful campaign for United States Senator.[4] In 1956 she was active in the campaign of Adlai Stevenson.[5]

Active in Democratic Party politics, Joseph served as Chairwoman of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party.[7] In 1959 she was named a member of the Democratic National Committee from Minnesota [8] and in 1968 she became Vice Chairwoman of the DNC.[9][10]

Joseph was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 1978, and served until 1981.[14]

From 1983 to 1993 Ambassador Joseph was a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.[15]

Joseph has also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations[16]. She has also been recognized by the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Humphrey Institute.[19]

HHH And Israel  

Hubert Humphrey was a friend of Israel throughout his whole life. He was determined to make the world a better and peaceful place to live. And no better example of this was his concern for the State Of Israel.

He was a strong supporter of for the Jewish cause and his opposition to Anti-Semitism was a cause he fought for all his life. When HHH was Minneapolis Mayor, the city was being labeled as one of the most Anti-Semitic in the US, and Humphrey worked hard for legislation outlawing discrimination.

In the Senate, and then as Vice-President, HHH continued to be a passionate friend of the Jewish State.

Humphrey visited Israel often, keeping in constant contact with all its leaders including Golda Meir and Menachem Begin. A scene toward the end of the movie “A Woman Called Golda” shows Hubert Humphrey being played by Frank Cover meeting Golda Meir who was played by Ingrid Bergman in her last film.

The Hubert H. Humphrey School Of Public Affairs On The U Of M Twin Cities Campus

Here is an article I found on the school’s site which describes their effort to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Arabs-

Conflict Resolution Through Education

Wednesday, April 5th 2017
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Moderated by Humphrey School diplomat-in-residence Mary Curtin

Join Minnesota Hillel, the Humphrey School, and Global Minnesota for a panel discussion with representatives from Hand in Hand and Givat Haviva. These two organizations are using education to bring together Arabs and Israeli populations in Israel for the purpose of creating a shared, equal, responsible, and cohesive society.

While the Arab-Israeli conflict captures attention and focus, the hard work of organizations within Israel bringing the two sides together is often overlooked. The panel will feature Lee Gordon, the co-founder of Hand in Hand, and Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director of Givat Haviva.

About the Organizations

Hand in Hand is a series of integrated Israeli and Arab/Palestinian K-12 schools in Israel focused on providing a bilingual and bicultural curriculum. They also provide community support for the areas surrounding each school to bring Jewish and Arab communities together.

Givat Haviva is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 as the national education center of the Kibbutz Federation in Israel. It is dedicated to promoting mutual responsibility, civic equality and cooperation between divided groups in Israel as the foundation for building a shared future and shared society.

The panel is also co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, History, and Anthropology.

So Here Is My Question – Given the above information from the very same school Omar claims to have graduated from, how did she ever earn a diploma?

My Answer – I really don’t know since her public views are not consistent with those of HHH and the school bearing his name. And throw in for good measure the fact that she represents the very same district that school is located in as well as the burial place of HHH really is an insult to who HHH was and what he stood for.

Minnesota’s DFL Party

The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) is a center-left political party in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is affiliated with the U.S. Democratic Party. Formed by a merger of the Minnesota Democratic Party and the left-wing Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party in 1944, the DFL is one of only two state Democratic party affiliates of a different name (the other being the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party).

From the DFL Party Website

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party was created on April 15, 1944, after the Minnesota Democrats merged with the Farmer-Labor Party.  Hubert H. Humphrey was instrumental in the merger and is considered by many to be the founder of the Minnesota DFL Party.

For more than seventy years, the Minnesota DFL has worked tirelessly to enact progressive policies and provide a platform for those who need it the most. We believe that every Minnesotan has a right to stable employment with fair wages, to a proper education, to raise and provide for a family, to accessible and affordable healthcare, to live in safe communities, and to retire with dignity and security.

Let’s Look At This Last Sentence Again-

From the DFL’s own website, it says that the DFL believes every Minnesotan has a right to ….. live in safe communities.

So here is another question, if Minnesota’s Fifth District includes the highest terrorist recruitment center in the US according to the latest statistics, then how can the DFL continue to allow Omar to be a member of its party given her support for terrorism?

I therefore must end this Blog the same way it begins, that in my opinion, HHH would most definitely have kicked out Omar from the DFL if he were alive today.

That would help bring peace to Minnesota’s Fifth District and Congress if current lawmakers do the same.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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