I am beginning this Blog by reprinting my email conversation with the Editor of Minnesota’s oldest Jewish paper – The American Jewish World -earlier this year-
Submission for your Opinion Page to be published with the March 8 edition
|Feb 28, 2019, 2:08 PM|
Since I noticed your paper will be moving to a monthly format after the March 8 edition, I want to present an idea for your Opinion Page to be published before Purim.
I am a native Minnesotan who was born in Minneapolis but we moved to St. Louis Park in 1950. I graduated from St. Louis Park High in 1967 and the U of M in 1971, after which I served in the US Army Reserves and worked with the Minnesota State Auditor until deciding to study in a Yeshiva for Baal Tshuva in New York in the late 1970’s. I was married in Johannesburg in 1979 and lived there during the Apartheid years until making Aliyah with my family in 1996 on Parshat Lech Lecha to an Absorption Center for new Israelis located outside Jerusalem, which was the only one large enough to house my wife and I and our 7 children.
I propose to write a series of opinion articles for your paper which helps prove that newly elected US House member Omar has no right to be in the US House and should be removed immediately from her seat. She is representing Minnesota’s 5th district, a place where your offices are located and from where I grew up, and definitely does not represent the people of St. Louis Park, or for that matter anyone who is supposed to have the values we grew up with in the US – peace, liberty and justice for all.
I feel justified in writing this opinion since not only did I live in the very district she represents, but because she accused Israel of being and Apartheid State which is a total lie, as is her comment about Benjamin, which refers to not only the $100 bill but hints at two other subjects which help prove she is not who she claims to be.
March 8 is also your last publication date before Purim. So if you still might have room to publish this initial article, then I need to know how many words, and other guidelines your paper uses.
Time is of the essence and we must not delay spreading this information to Jews throughout the Twin Cities and the world. So if you are interested, I will send you a rough draft before Shabbat.
|Mar 1, 2019, 8:33 PM|
Dear Tzemach Richter,
I will be happy to read an opinion article (max. 800 words) and consider it for publication.
We’re not interested in a series of articles.
There is no provision in law to recall a member of Congress, so I wonder how Rep. Omar is to be “removed immediately” from her seat in the U.S. House. You can enlighten us on that point.
Also, there is no urgency in submitting an article. Rep. Omar won her seat with 78 percent of the vote, and will likely be serving Minnesota’s Fifth District for the next four or 12 years.
Thanks for your interest in the Jewish World.
Mordecai Specktor, Publisher and Editor
The American Jewish World
4820 Minnetonka Blvd., Suite 104
Minneapolis, MN 55416
|Mar 3, 2019, 7:49 PM|
I am well aware of the difficulty to remove a representative from her seat, but we are not talking about any average representative, rather the one that represents the district where I grew up and your offices are located. I am also well aware of the fact that St. Louis Park, Minneapolis and all other cities that represent the fifth district, when I was living there were safe and relatively free of crime and religious hatred. Of course that has changed but it would seem Rep. Omar does not represent the general views of all people in the state, but rather the majority of people who came from Somalia and who are now concentrated in that district. Fine, I accept this is the way the district is made up today,
But both of us are Jews. I am offended by the way she has begun her term in office and the hatred she is spreading that is embedded in her speech toward our people and Israel. And I hope you are too. The Washington Pundit is carrying a video of Omar admitting she attended a terrorism class and she is smiling and laughing when she describes it. Of course she made statements referring to the term Benjamin, and calling Israel an Apartheid State. And on Friday, she did it again, with another statement to offend our people. But where is her concern for her own people in Somalia, a place where she was born, and had to flee from. If she has no concern for her own people, then how can she be trusted to look after the interests of people who are living in her district?
We of course cannot predict the future, but when it comes to listening to hatred toward our people, I feel we should speak up and not be silent. I heard the possibility of her being removed from her seat if it is discovered that she married her brother, or broke other laws. But even if that will take time to happen, by speaking up against what she is doing that could expedite matters.
I clearly see that at present, your paper is scaling back so it’s not the time to talk about this with you, and so I am contacting other media sources. But I just want to give you one message that you might find interesting. When Omar refers to Benjamin, though she is not aware of it, she also is referring to, none other than the hero in Megillah Esther, Mordechai, who went to inform Esther of Haman’s plan to wipe out the Jews, which Esther then had to risk her life for to inform the King, and what followed was G-d’s plan to save the Jews from being killed. Since you are Mordechai, and Editor of a paper that has been around for a long time, I thought of you to spread the word. My connection to Esther is that was my Mother’s name. And since I have lived in Minnesota, South Africa and now Israel, I am able to speak out against what Omar is saying about Israel and our people.
I therefore would appreciate any ideas of who I might contact to provide input to spread the word about how Omar is lying by spreading hate against our people, and Israel. With G-d’s help, that will cause her downfall much faster than anyone expected.
The editor never responded to above second letter I wrote.
In Megillat Esther, it is stated as follows in Chapter 6, Verses 13 and 14, English translation as it appears on Pages 99 and 101 of the book, The Megillah, Published by Art Scroll – Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends everything that had happened to him, and his advisors along with his wife said – If Mordechai , before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him. Suddenly the King’s chamberlains arrived, and hurried to bring Haman to Esther’s banquet.
There was a banquet of sorts in the form of a press conference this week by Minnesota State Representative Steve Drazkowski which Calls for an Ethics Investigation of U.S. Rep. Omar and Withdrawal of Her Security Clearance
The above link from the Minnesota Sun takes you to the story which Rep. Drazkowski provides evidence that substantiates his call for an Ethics investigation on Omar.
In a press release, he states Rep. Omar is a serial criminal, and our national security is at stake,”. “It is time to yank her access to America’s highest levels of security access and briefings. Minnesota deserves better, and America demands more.”
For any congressman to be bold enough to make such statements must mean he has substantial proof to back up his claim, which appears to be the case.
So how do we react to these developments. Do we wait longer and longer to see what will finally be decided or do we take action now to help speed up the process of removing Omar from Congress?
During Lori Kaye’s funeral, Rabbi Cunin encouraged people to take on mitzvots in Mrs. Kaye’s memory, saying women should light candles, men should wear tefillin and non-Jews should observe the seven Noahide laws.
Rabbi Goldstein told the United Nations just this week that we should all take time to do a mitzvah and he placed a US dollar bill into a Charity Box standing right next to him as he was speaking. He encouraged everyone to unify together and stand as one against Anti-Semitism that has spread though out the world and keeps on growing.
And that is something we must all do, but what about the US Congress who has the responsibility of upholding the laws it makes and the US Constitution by which the US was created. It seems to me that we have reached a critical point in our country where Congress is not doing its job by allowing those members who speak out against America, against Jews and against Israel to remain in their seats.
What must be done to wake Congress up to do its job?
What must be done to shut those women up who continue speaking against Israel, Jews and America in Congress?
What must be done to bring back control of the Democratic Party to those Democrats who continue to support the values Hubert Humphrey and many other just like him? Democrats have always been supporters of Israel, Jews and of course America, and those Democrats who do not hold those values should not be allowed to continue running as Democrats, and resign with immediate effect.
Representative Drazkowski, during his press conference, stated that Omar has refused to answer questions surrounding the many contradictory statements and documents which have surfaced in the last few days, to clarify the confusion over her marital status.
Instead of making herself available like she did when she attempted to clarify her Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel and other similar statements, she remains silent. That, in itself, implies she is guilty.
According to Rep. Drazkowski, if she remains silent, then she must immediately resign .
So I salute Rep. Drazkowski for these bold steps to initiate the process of having Omar removed from her seat. That process will take time. But that does not mean we must sit back and let more time pass.
We must support Rep. Drazkowski in his efforts. Everyone who agrees must immediately write their Congressional representatives and express their feelings.
As for myself, Minneapolis, the place where I grew up; to be now known as the terrorist recruiting capital of the US, comes as quite a shock. To see a recent video clip of Omar presiding over Congress one day, wearing her Hijab was even a greater shock.
But the most remarkable thing of all is the name Omar gave to one of her children – Isra. Omar talks against Israel, but gives her child’s name as the same first four letters of the Jewish nation. The only two letters she left out are El, which is a reference to G-d’s name. This supports the view that she has little or no belief in G-d for a second time, the first one being her reference of Benjamin Franklin appearing on the $100 bill, but forgetting to look on the other side where “In G-d We Trust” appears.
So now getting back to the Editor who said above in his answer to me that Omar” will likely be serving Minnesota’s Fifth District for the next four or 12 years”. After all the evidence against Omar, I want to know what you think. The Editor says she received 78% of the vote, but I have a strong feeling that number has changed substantially.
So I have two questions-
- If you were to vote today, would you agree that Omar remains in her seat?
- If you voted no, what action should be taken to help speed up the process of getting her removed from Congress?
I am extremely interested in your responses and would appreciate it if you could email them to the following address-
I will follow up with results when I have enough responses to see a trend developing.