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Report on Beth Israel vigil 05-17-14

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 10:44 am by

Annoyances like these come with the job

About once a month Marc Sussman, a resident of Huntington Woods, Michigan and not known to this writer, sends me a card with cynical encouragement to keep up our weekly vigils at Beth Israel Congregation. Copied below, the text states: “A generous offer was made to American Friends of Magen David Adom by Marc Sussman in honor of Henry Herskovitz.” Marc adds a personal note: “I continue to be impressed by your little group, continuing to raise needed funds for your fellow Jews in the State of Israel – Keep up the good work! The more you picket, the more money goes to Israel – It is good that you are accomplishing something with your efforts”

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I have emailed the “Ohio/Kentucky/Michigan/Western PA” branch of American Friends of Magen David Adom, asking for “the total amount of contributions Mr. Sussman has made in my name over the years…” and we await their response.

“These are not Nice People”

Friday night dancing can sometimes be a challenging experience for those working for an end to Jewish supremacism in Palestine (or, as vigiler M puts it, an end to Jewish supremacism, period). Wearing my “End ‘Israel'” hat, my partner and I were treated to name calling and taunts as we sat during the band’s break by a young couple. Returning to the dance floor after the music restarted, the man continued his verbal harassment and moved unnecessarily close to me. When my partner decided he and I were too close, she started dancing in the space between him and me. He grabbed her, some pushing ensued, and he and I were led out of the establishment.

This tiny episode reminded me of the political trials of Ernst Zundel in Toronto (1985 and 1988) where he and his supporters had to don hard hats to prevent physical harm, as Jewish protesters physically attacked them on the walk from their vehicles to the courthouse. These attacks are documented in an Ingrid Rimland film, “Off Your Knees, Germany” available from the Zundelsite. The film also shows some of the planning sessions with Ernst’s lawyers and supporters, at which Ernst tells his friends “These are not nice people”.

How true.


Nine vigilers
Hoping push doesn’t come to shove
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends

2 Responses to “Report on Beth Israel vigil 05-17-14”

  1. Ibrahim Soudy

    The supports of Jewish Supremacists have no case and that is why they resort to Hasbara (propaganda) as a group and verbal and sometimes physical attacks as individuals……….I call them the Nazi Jews and I always show people the photographic comparison depicting what the German Nazis did to the Jews versus what the Nazi Jews are doing to others………………

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