Fasting for Gaza, Feasting on the UJA

In 8 months of 2004, 4,005 rockets were fired from Gaza by Hamas. This comes after Sharon dismantled Israel’s Gaza settlements in the hope of implementing the “land for peace” misconception.  From June 1944 until May 1945 Hitler was only able to launch 5,452 V1 and V2 rockets. What is more amazing about these figures is that during the last Gaza conflict, you had a group of 80 anti-Israel rabbis called “Fasting for Gaza” dieting for Hamas’s legitimate right to finish what Hitler started. Even more amazing is that most of the names of these hungry rabbis appear on a HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) petition supporting the entry of 65,000 Syrian refugees to the USA.  Please note that 10 of the first 14 on their list of 80 appear on this petition.  I am assuming that the same proportion applies to the rest.

With all of these “believe it or not” facts the strangest and saddest is that the UJA funds HIAS. It does it with money donated by people who thought it was going to help programs in Israel at a time when its resources are being stretched to the limit.  Let’s not forget that at the present time you have Iranian and Russian troops fighting on its border, Hezbollah rockets to the North, Hamas rockets to the south and Palestinian-Arab knives in the center and ISIS all over the place.

As a soldier in the Yom Kippur War, I remember the bodies of our soldiers who had been tortured to death by the Syrians.  They didn’t need orders from Assad Sr. to be barbaric to the Jews. Seeing what they do to each other we should automatically come to the conclusion that it is a national characteristic. Let’s not forget that it took Hitler less than 12 years to convince his “volk” to carry out the Holocaust.  The Assad clan has been working at it for decades. Given the chance, the Syrians have enough hate stored in them not only to commit genocide against the Jews, but as we see regularly, genocide against each other.  Maybe that’s why the rich Sunni countries prefer that they come to the USA. That way the Sunni sheikhs will be richer and safer and the American Jews and Christian infidels stuck with the mitzvah.

As far as the refugee crisis is concerned, I somehow remember that not one Arab charity kicked in money when almost a million Jews had to flee Arab lands.  I don’t even recollect a “minyan of fasting mullahs” signing any petition to help them or criticize their expulsion from Arab lands.  However history remembers that Arab pressure on the allies ensured that the Jewish refugee ships were turned away forcibly from the shores of Palestine so they could share in the Holocaust.

Unfortunately HIAS is operating under the axiom that “quantity has a quality of its own.”  It does, but if many of the numbers are minus, it doesn’t. If many of the signatures are those of anti-Israel activists HIAS has not only compromised the UJA but it has turned a mistake into a public relations debacle for both agencies. Please remember when HIAS representatives in the DP (displaced person) camps helped the victims of the holocaust they didn’t share their resources with those that made the holocaust possible.

I also happen to be an activist, but against the media’s demonization and delegitimization of Israel. It started in October 2000 of NPRs coverage of a giant demonstration in New York to protest the wave of Arab suicide bombings. It was then that I realized the extent of the media’s anti-Israel bias. Instead of interviewing the demonstrators, they interviewed a tiny group of pro-Palestinian Jewish counter-demonstrators, led by a woman rabbi from Brooklyn.  When I got to the demonstration I was able to locate her and her followers because they were in a section cordoned off by the police and being interviewed by Al-Jazeera.  It must have taken a lot of planning and arranging to be interviewed by WNYC in the early morning, Al-Jazeera in the early afternoon and have police protection all that time. This same woman rabbi’s name appeared in a petition signed by 400 rabbis in 2006 in a blatantly pro-Palestinian petition and a blatantly anti-Israel manifesto signed by 80 rabbis representing “Fast for Gaza” in 2014. If one would compare the names on all of these petitions with the names on that of HIAS’s there would be a striking similarity.

Question:  How many of these often publicized rabbinical names have ever appeared on checks made out to the UJA?

Please don’t get the impression that all of the rabbis have congregations of which they are representatives of. There are more than 1,000 rabbis packed into synagogues on the Sabbath on one block in Borough Park alone; and believe me, they “ain’t lefties”.  While I am not impressed by manifestos signed by left-wing rabbis, I would be impressed if each would adopt a Syrian refugee family, post a surety bond for their continued good conduct and pay for their settlement costs from their own pockets, instead of those of the UJA.

All this reminds me of an old Yiddish proverb.  “You can’t repair a pair of boots with a thousand rabbis, but you can with one cobbler.”

One Israeli soldier at the front is worth more than a thousand rabbis so very far away in left field.

About the Author
Daniel Levinson is a U.S. Navy veteran, veteran of the Yom Kippur War, combatant in the terrorist raid of Nahariya, and the father of two reserve officers in the Israeli Army.
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