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Open Letter to Vivian M. May, President of NWSA, Regarding its boycott of Israel

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Dear Ms. May,

I was recently made aware of the fact that the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) decided to join the ranks of those educational institutions and organizations boycotting the State of Israel.  Although sadly I am never that surprised to hear about the most recent group to follow the ignorant horde, in this particular instance I was somewhat taken aback by your organizations decision, especially since you claim that your members “actively pursue knowledge to promote a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential—one free from ideologies, systems of privilege or structures that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others.”  Well allow me to disseminate some of that knowledge to you so you might come to realize how ludicrous it is that an institution making that type of claim would boycott the State of Israel.

Israel is, and always has been a leader in Women’s Rights.  In Israel’s Declaration of Independence it is stated that all residents are afforded “equality of social and political rights irrespective of religion, race, or gender.”  Despite the reaction those words might invoke from someone choosing to boycott Israel for what they claim are actions to the contrary, Israel has proven over the years to be true to this claim. Israeli women enter the army at 18, women are free to dress as they like, they are free to marry or not marry, they are provided with equality in the work force, they are free to be gay or straight, and they can ascend to the highest ranks in government.  As you sit in judgment here in America, we have a presidential candidate leading the polls who publicly insulted a female contender in a way that offended many women, not just the candidate he insulted.  Although we will likely finally have a female representing one of the 2 major parties in the general election, we are yet to elect a female president.  One of Israel’s greatest Prime Ministers was Golda Meir, and she was already the country’s Head of Government way back in 1969.  Yet your organization, an organization promoting women’s studies chooses to boycott Israel.

All individuals living peacefully in Israel are afforded the same rights. The leader of the BDS movement was afforded those same rights, educated himself in an Israeli university, and subsequently turned around and started a movement that is pulling the wool over the eyes of those who belong to groups such as yours.  All Israel has ever done is try to find a way to live in peace.  Under the constant threat of attack even those with the best of intentions will err, but if one examines the facts openly and honestly they will find that Israel has shown remarkable restraint, remained as ethical as possible, and continued to function as a free and democratic society.   A claim none of their neighbors van legitimately make.

Before I conclude I would like to make mention of a few more Israelis of the feminine persuasion.  Hadar Buchris, a 21 year old Israeli woman, stabbed to death on a bus stop on November 23, 2015. Dalia Lamkus, a 25 year old Israeli woman stabbed to death on a bus stop November 10, 2014.  Karen Mosquera, 22, an Israeli woman intentionally mowed down by a car on a bus stop on October 22, 2014.  And Chaya Zissel Braun, a 3 month old baby girl killed in the same attack.  All of these victims were murdered by Palestinians whose supporters, people like yourselves, claim to be supporting a noble cause.  If your organization considers murder a noble cause I suggest you reevaluate how you advertise yourselves, because what I read made it seem as though you care about the well-being and protection of innocent people, particularly women.

In this political climate it take more strength to support Israel than to oppose Israel.  Maybe your organization has chosen to take the easy way out, a way in which you will receive less opposition and more press.  If that is the case I appeal to your sense of decency and credibility and hope you will reexamine this decision, especially seeing as you are portraying yourselves as promoters of freedom and justice.

Sincerely,

David Groen

 

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Open Letter to Codepink Activists Trixie Lamonte and Ariel Gold

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Dear Trixie and Ariel,

You are actually somewhat fortunate.  An older, wiser, more experienced individual recently suggested I would do better with these letters if I was a little less vicious and a little more educational. Said individual’s logic was that if I jump all over someone I find to have expressed ignorant or distasteful viewpoints against Israel and or the Jewish people, the likelihood of the target of my attack paying any attention to my words is minimal at best.  So yes, since I received this advice from this individual who I highly respect, I will refrain from calling you the names I so wish to call you.

What I will do instead, and to be frank I will do so in only a few words, is attempt to wake you up to the misrepresentation of reality your stance as a pro BDS Jew displays.  I’ll throw you a bone and start from a place that says peace can be achieved and Israel’s occupation of the territories is the biggest obstacle, even though I know better.  The BDS movement is an organization whose ultimate purpose is to bring down the Jewish government in Israel.  It is not in place to protect Palestinians, to fight terrorism and violence, or to better the economic lives of the Palestinian people.  It exists for one purpose and one purpose only.  To destroy Israel as it exists today.

Don’t be fooled by the eloquent words of its leaders, the highest ranking of which was educated in Israel at a Jewish run University by Jewish people and Jewish professors.  Don’t be fooled by its claim to improve labor conditions of the Palestinian workforce.  Their attack on Sodastream caused the unemployment of countless Palestinians, Palestinians satisfied and comfortable working for what BDS calls “the Occupier”.

This is hypocrisy on the highest scale.  The BDS movement, supported by some misguided entertainers such as Roger Waters who lives off his millions upon millions while using the Palestinian people to either satisfy his hatred for Jews or at best make himself feel important, is a movement riddled in inconsistency.  It does nothing to better the lives of the Palestinian people.  It keeps quiet while Hamas uses the people as human shields, yet it attacks businesses that provide Palestinians with an income.

So when you make the choice to show your support for an organization whose sole purpose is to destroy Israel’s Jewish government, you are doing nothing remotely humanitarian.  Peace is a beautiful thing.  I often pray for it.  But know this.  All the BDS Movement is is an offshoot of the terrorist organizations that ultimately wish to see the death of all Jews, the two of you included. What I hope you will come to realize is that in putting your support behind BDS, and doing so in front of a holy Jewish site, all you are doing is feeding into their devious ways, and ironically making peace for everyone more of a long shot.

Sincerely,

David Groen

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Open Letter to Roger Waters

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Dear Roger,

I wonder if you realize how transparent you truly are. You claim to be concerned about human rights when in truth your agenda revolves more around the fact that you clearly despise the concept of a Jewish government.   It is obvious to anyone listening that the only time you use your voice is to either rake in the cash on music written 30 plus years ago or to try to destroy the State of Israel.

It’s very sad really.  You could have used your fame and fortune for so much good.  Instead you’ve chosen the path of destruction against a country with the best human rights record in the Middle East.  The facts show how disingenuous you are in your persistent attack. As much as I believe Israel does the right thing, if your voice was proportionately loud in regard to true humans rights violations I’d pay less attention to you.  How come I don’t hear you going after ISIS?  Why do you remain silent about 200,000 dead in Syria’s civil war?  We all see how you are trying to bully Robbie Williams into not playing in Israel by speaking of the 500 children who were victims of the war in Gaza.  I saw an estimate that said at least 7,000 children have been killed in Syria.  Is that not worth your time Roger?  Even if the death of those 500 children are solely the responsibility of the government of Israel, something honest people know not to be the case, I still wonder why 500 children matter so much more to you than 7,000.  Maybe because it is not really about the children.

What about the thousands of women being raped and abused by ISIS? You are so quiet about that as well.  If you are such a humanitarian wouldn’t you be spending most of your waking hours fighting for causes that involved tens, even hundreds of thousands of victims. Victims of regimes and organizations making no bones about their intent to rape and murder their victims.

I noticed you played a few concerts in Russia.  Do you have anything to say about the treatment of gays and lesbians in Putin’s Russia?  Of course you don’t, because Russia isn’t the problem in your eyes, Israel is.

People like you are partially responsible for the change in discussion from those claiming to be Liberals.  They look at someone like you, a famous musician, and feel that you have a true understanding of moral and tolerant values.  In truth what you really are is a high-profile anti-Semitic con-artist.  You clearly hate Jews and subsequently hate the idea of a Jewish government. Your continuous onslaught makes it very clear that you will be happy with nothing less than the destruction of the State of Israel, and in your perfect world based on how you have behaved over the years, I assume you are more than happy to see it come along with as many dead Jews as possible.

Be aware that the only people who accept your crap are those who want to believe anything that hurts the Jewish people.  For a man whose music was once perceived as being so thoughtful and clever, your actions and words against Israel are remarkably ignorant and very obvious.  I would say that what you are really doing is making a fool of yourself, but unfortunately there are enough Jew-hating idiots out there for you to have quite a following.

You could have represented a modern-day growth and development of culture in society, but instead your hatred for the Jewish people has driven you towards a narrow and destructive way of thinking.  I have no problem saying that I would be very happy to see you so consumed by your hate that it ultimately destroys you.  It would appear to some extent that it already has. You are just too blind to see it.

Sincerely,

David Groen

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We Can Make a Difference

Israeli-flagLast week when news broke of  CUNY’s Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) intention to sneak through a resolution to boycott Israel at CUNY on a Friday night when many Jewish students and faculty could not make it to the meeting, many of us mobilized our resources. We wrote letters, contacted groups, sent letters, made phone calls and sent faxes to politicians, while spreading the word far and wide over social media.  By Sunday most of us had heard the good news that the vote had been delayed due to heavy debate from pro-Israel groups that showed up at the meeting in protest.

Did we have anything to do with this?  It’s almost impossible to measure, but there is a strong likelihood that something we did as a collective contributed to this mobilization.  By we I mean all of us together, supporters of Israel who used whatever resources we have to galvanize each other and be active in the goal of helping Israel to fight on her behalf.

To the cynics shaking their heads and saying we had nothing to do with it and we are just wasting our time, I say fine.  Just sit there, shake your heads and do nothing.  To all of you who did something I say this.  You DID something. Whether or not your efforts made a difference this time or not is not as important as the cumulative impact your efforts can make in future battles as well.  To those who might want to do something in future battles I urge you to see this as motivation.  This was one small battle won in a very large war.  But it sends a message.  Jewish people and supporters of Israel of all faiths fight back now, and they do so in increasingly large numbers.

Thank you everyone and let’s keep fighting for Israel!

 

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I only Hate Muslims when they Hate me

Pro Palestinian protester burns an Israeli flag during banned demonstration in support of Gaza in central ParisWhy is it not being called what it is?  Why the pretense that this is something far less specific than it is?  Why are people not identifying those responsible?  Over the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about the increase of anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. Although it’s been far worse recently, the rise in anti-Jewish sentiment is hardly a new development, particularly in some notable parts of Europe.  Cities like Paris, Antwerp, and Malmo, Sweden have been notorious for increasing incidents of vandalism and violence against Jews for quite some time now.  If you hear the reports, it clearly sounds like the Jewish people are becoming increasingly unwelcome in the European community.  There’s a catch though.  It’s not the overall European community primarily guilty of this expression of hatred. From all accounts most of the hatred is coming from within the Muslim community.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article in which I renounced my status as a Liberal.(CLICK TO READ) This issue is one of the reasons I’ve done so.  I have friends and acquaintances that still do call themselves liberal who are not squeamish when it comes to identifying the root source of the danger to the Jewish people, but there are many within the liberal community who would turn around and call this article the epitome of Islamophobia.  Those are the ones  I know longer align myself with.  Call it what you like, but it’s no phobia.  A phobia is something irrational.  I don’t hate a person because they’re Muslim.  But I do hate a person who hates me, those like me, and anyone else who doesn’t think like them.    That’s not irrational, that’s logical.  Interactions I’ve had in the past with Muslims who wanted an equal relationship have proven that I indeed do not have some automatic dislike because of what religion they were born into. That goes against everything I believe in.  But that also doesn’t prevent me from identifying the sad truth, and that is that an overwhelming percentage of anti-Jewish sentiment in the world today comes from within the Muslim population.

Although the BDS  Movement has non-Muslim followers and participants due to its excellent and cynical marketing, it’s a group formed by a Palestinian. Anti-Jewish demonstrations and violence against Jews in Paris consist primarily of Algerian Muslims.  Anti-Jewish behavior in Holland comes primarily from Moroccan Muslims.  One third of the population of Malmo is Muslim.  Is it a coincidence this small and once cute city in Sweden that I visited with my parents and sister in 1976 is a powder keg of anti-Semitism?

Although there is an element within the so-called liberal elite behind some of the anti-Israel activities on college campuses in the U.S., I have no doubt you would find that at the very least a significant number of those active against Israel in these institutes of higher learning are Muslim.

Here’s the point people conveniently miss.  No one is happy about this.  We want to hear the Muslims within these cities and institutions take a stand against hatred. But where are they?  Where is their voice?  These people would be my friends. They would be my partners in moving towards a better world, and in return it would be easy and enjoyable for me to respect and support them in whatever life they might choose to live, be it Muslim or something else.  But that element within the Muslim community is silent, most likely out of fear, and therefore missing the opportunity to alter the perception that all Muslims feel that way.  You see, if I was guilty of Islamophobia, I might say all Muslims feel this way.  But I don’t.  At the same time I am not willing to deny the basic truth, and that is that if you took the Muslims out of the equation, we most likely wouldn’t even be talking about anti-Semitism today.

It’s time we accepted the truth.  It will catch up with us whether we do or not. The funny thing about reality is that it doesn’t go away just because you ignore it.  If anything, when the reality is that one large group of people is out to get you, if you ignore it, it only gets worse.

 

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Letter to CUNY: Please copy and Send

 

 

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Dear Friend of Israel,

I am writing to you with a sense of urgency regarding an impending vote in the City University of New York (CUNY).   What CUNY’s Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) has planned is actually more of an ambush than a vote. Tonight, Friday September 12, 2014,  there will be an attempt to pass a student government measure boycotting Israel. However, this vote was planned in a quiet and secretive manner and purposely planned for Friday night since it is the Jewish Sabbath and therefore eliminates the possibility of a stronger Jewish voice and a significant group that is supportive of Israel and against the boycott.

Besides the gross injustice and hypocrisy of the boycott itself, the way this process is playing out is an abuse of the democratic system within the University’s system.  If this action should go forth without strong objection from the people within the community who are supportive of true justice even if they are not necessarily friends of Israel, the precedent it would set would be damaging to the image and integrity of the entire institution.  It is with that thought that I urge you to contact CUNY and make them aware that you object to this action, particularly in the underhanded and stealth manner it is being conducted.

Thank you in advance for your help on this matter.

Sincerely,

David Groen

Global Coalition for Israel

 

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“Frankly my dear…” by Hesh Meister

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I really could not care any less about the decision by an inconsequential church denomination to divest from Israel, and I am utterly disgusted by the verbal groveling by some of my fellow Jews to try to get this group to reverse that decision. To these tribespeople I say: Have you no pride? Have you no FAITH? Our success does not come from the piddling dollars and cents of lunatic splinter groups! Our success in solely in the hands of the One Above, and if one group divests, three more will invest. And the divestors, who in their self-importance threw their lot in with liars, thieves and murderers, will be left to wither and die.

Who Jah bless, no one curse.

 

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