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Report on Beth Israel vigil 02-02-19

Posted on February 7th, 2019 at 12:53 pm by

Israel Fiddles while Palestine Burns

The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra is being hosted by the University [of Michigan] Musical Society, in an attempt to normalize a country that discriminates against Palestinian Christians and Muslims, is in violation of over 70 UN Resolution, maintains an illegal wall, kills unarmed Palestinian protesters, including first responders, enjoys racist laws, etc., etc. Witness for Peace invites you to join us in protest at:

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave Ann Arbor, Michigan
This Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
7:00 – 8:05 pm (Concert begins at 8:00 pm)

Ann Arbor and UM Campus police have been notified to insure safety at this event.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

This writer spoke at the recent Ann Arbor City Council meeting to suggest that the Holocaust be treated as an historical event, without the mantle of religion which it has assumed. Advance to 00:34:05 here to watch the presentation. Full text is included after signature

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Three-four vigilers Jan 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2
Anti-Semitism: An understandable reaction to bad Jewish-group behavior
Witness for Peace
Henry Herskovitz


Ann Arbor City Council Meeting
Feb. 4, 2019

Good evening,

I want to share with Council a document known as the Hasbara Handbook. It teaches Jewish students how to promote Israel on campus. Hasbara is a Hebrew word that roughly translates to “propaganda”. Under the chapter heading “Seven Basic Propaganda Devices” we find “Name Calling”.

I quote: “Through the careful choice of words, the name calling technique links a person or an idea to a negative symbol.”

Former Israeli Minister of Education, Shulamit Aloni exposed this technique in 2002, saying, ”Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic.”

Former Ann Arbor City Councilman Joan Lowenstein has written that I am a “Holocaust Denier”. Other Ann Arbor citizens such as Elena Shur and Eve Silberman have joined in applying the name-calling technique.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has placed Ann Arbor Michigan on its National “Hate” Map simply because of one person’s association with a remembrance group. No proof of “hate” is evidenced.

It’s important to recognize that “anti-Semite”, “Holocaust Denier” and “Hater” are mere epithets thrown at someone to silence them.

If, by using the name “Holocaust Denier”, Ms Lowenstein and others think that I don’t believe Jews were targeted by Germany’s National Socialists, they are wrong.

If they think I don’t believe that Jews were shipped off to concentration camps they are wrong.

If they think I don’t believe that partisan Jews were killed by Einsatzgruppen troops, they are wrong

And if they think I don’t believe that vast numbers of Jews died in these concentration camps, they are likewise wrong.

Holocaust Remembrance Day can be used as a day to reflect on world history and I support the effort. But when examining an historical event becomes reason to silence a person’s informed opinion, that historical event assumes a religious mantle, where one is shunned and silenced, and in some 17 countries, imprisoned.

Religion or History? It’s up to us to decide.

Thank you

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