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Report on Beth Israel vigil 04-14-18

Posted on April 17th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by


Prior to our most recent report, this formerly-unfailing writer always used the blind carbon copy option (BCC:) to send out our vigil reports. Last week I failed (using TO:) and that contributed to the kerfuffle of emails flying this way and that. Sorry about that; will do better in the future. Comments from readers are always welcome, but it would ease the process if folks posted their comments on (see Comment link at the bottom of each report.)


Some readers were upset upon receiving last week’s report, and some have opted out of receiving future reports. Some others wanted to offer their thoughts and admitted feelings of discomfort. We have always respected email privacy, but need to know if you want your name removed from the list. Just send me an email requesting same, and you’ll receive no more vigil reports.

Response to a Comment

We quoted a segment from Paul Eisen’s Holocaust Wars last week, and in response a reader suggested viewing that quote from a different angle He suggested that we all try to “… go find the most educated, secular, progressive, enlightened, perceptive, sensitive African-American you know – deny American slavery and then stand back.”

On the surface, it appears he’s onto something, but further thought on this produced some real differences between denying the Holocaust and denying American slavery.

I first thought of Monika Schaefer, a Canadian citizen now serving her 100th day of administrative detention (no charges have been brought) in a German prison for singing about the Holocaust. I could be wrong, but I know of no country that imprisons people for denying American slavery. Perhaps some readers could show me I’m wrong about this, and I’d be happy to admit it.

Second, I pondered whether there were lies promulgated about slavery to the extent lies have been spread about the Holocaust. Was the fat of deceased slaves used to make bars of soap? Were lampshades made of Blacks’ skin?

Have books been recently banned on American slavery the way Amazon has just banned over 100 titles questioning the standard Holocaust narrative? Check out the Jewish Chronicle’s article “Under pressure, Amazon stops selling Holocaust-denial books” here.

Are there over 50 museums in Germany dedicated to the memory of American slavery? Is there one in Berlin, built with German taxpayers’ Euros? Is it mandated by law that German children are taught the history of American slavery? Consider:

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is located on the National Mall in our nation’s capitol, funded in part by US taxpayers. And although it is not yet US National policy to mandate the teaching of the Holocaust, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that eight states (including Michigan) have some form of required instruction “about genocide, including, but not limited to, the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide.” And The article reports the prospect of 20 more states “pledg[ing] to mandate Holocaust education.”

This list of differences is just a minimal one; others may suggest additions to it.

Having a Beer with Thomas Jefferson

Many readers remain unconvinced that Richard Spencer’s response to my question exonerated him of the title “White supremacist”. This writer wouldn’t mind having a beer with Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson, and he is almost never referred to as a White supremacist. In fact, he is often quoted as saying, “Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate, than that these people [Black slaves] are to be free.”

Yet the next few sentences of the same quote reads “Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation peaceably and in such slow degree that the evil will wear off insensibly, and their place will be pari passu filled up by free white laborers. If on the contrary it is left to force itself on, human nature must shudder at the prospect held up.”

Now, some readers might be nodding and saying to themselves that indeed Jefferson was a White supremacist, but would the wish to share a beer with the man cause such societal rejection as not minding having a beer with Richard Spencer?


Four vigilers in a steady rain and 36F
Witness for Peace
America First Not Israel
Henry Herskovitz

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