Peter Buchsbaum

It never ends

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of NY at the Capitol in Washington, DC, October 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Yair Lapid has laid out the disdain for Israel on the left in his just published blog post. How many dead are needed to convince the so called activists that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself. Also, that Hamas is nothing more than a genocidal criminal gang which holds its own people hostage while murdering Jews.

Meanwhile, American media continue to write as if Israel can be attacked with impunity. In particular, our American paper of record, the New York Times, continues broadcasting relentless attacks on our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel. It was not enough that the Times totally blew the story of the hospital bombing perpetrated by Hamas, and thereby helped send the Arab street into flames because of Hamas’ lies which the paper at first swallowed and then failed to rebut.

The beat continues.

Charles Blow’s Times column on October 26 contains a disgraceful quote from a so-called activist accusing Israel of genocide. Blow carries this remark without comment. He had an obligation to call it for what it is, a slander. Only Hamas has perpetrated genocide, when its operatives murdered every Jewish man, woman, child and baby they could reach on October 7 solely because they were Jewish. And, as this newspaper has reported, these killers exalted in their crimes.

If people like these so called activists oppose Biden in 2024, as Blow suggested without actually criticizing them, they will be accomplices to genocide in the Middle East and the murder of democracy in the US. That should have been Blow’s message. Instead, he exacerbated the moral bankruptcy of this comment.

The mass of public opinion in the US has not been fooled. Congress’ overwhelming bipartisan vote on Thursday, October 26 condemning the Hamas invasion shows the support in both parties for the Israeli cause. Let’s hope that the Times and other media comes to their senses.

About the Author
Peter Buchsbaum is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. He clerked for Joseph Weintraub, Chief Justice of NJ and served as a Judge of the NJ Superior Court from 2004 to 2013 after a career as prominent municipal land use lawyer. Peter has been listed in Who's Who in America for over 25 years. Today, he sits on the WUPJ North American Advisory Board and Co-chairs its Legacy Committee Chairs. He has been an officer of Har Sinai Temple in Pennington, NJ; and he is a co-founder of J-PLAN (the Jewish Pluralism Legal Action Network), which advocates for marriage equality in Israel.
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