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Report on Beth Israel vigil 04-20-19

Posted on April 23rd, 2019 at 4:44 pm by

Journalistic Integrity?

In three separate issues* of the Washtenaw Jewish News, Witness for Peace has been maligned with the false statement that Jews “deserved” all that came to them during WWII. Former editor Susan Ayer refused to print our clarifying, one-sentence letter during her tenure:

“To clear up any misunderstanding between our group and the local Jewish community, neither I nor anyone in our group believes that Jews “deserved” the suffering they experienced during World War II in Europe.”

When we heard that Ayer was being replaced with Clare Kinberg earlier this year, we got excited about the possibility that Kinberg would “do the right thing” and publish our letter.

Not so fast, said Clare during our April 15th phone conversation. She said didn’t want to print our views in the newspaper, and I agreed that the WJN should not be used as an outlet for our views, which we knew differed from those of her paper. However, when I pressed that, for the sake of honest journalism, the errors contained in the three issues be corrected, her response was that, if we felt maligned by the Jewish News, we would have to find other publications to print the letter.

A free press: when you own one, you’re free to do what you want.

Do NOT Say “Jewish Power”

Brad ** is a local entrepreneur in Ann Arbor, offering bicycle-powered coach rides throughout our downtown and campus. A sponsor of his was Bank of Ann Arbor, distinguishable by its unique colors and many billboards around town.

Brad also tows a smaller rig which appeared to be a small, rolling billboard. “Your ad here” read this small chariot, and I called the announced phone number.

How much, I asked? $1,000 per month was the reply. Would you take a political statement? That depends … what would it say? It would say “America First Not Israel”

“Let me think about that. I lost a contract with Bank of Ann Arbor recently, and have become wary of certain kinds of political statements”

Back Story

Last September 11, the Michigan Diag (main campus commons) is the annual setting for the “Never Forget” display reminding folks of the government’s story of 9/11: that hijackers rammed passenger aircraft into the World Trade Center towers, which alone caused their free-fall collapses onto their own footprints.

Our friend Larry takes to the Diag with his own version of events that day– specifically that Israel and the CIA had a hand in the events of 9/11 – and is quite knowledgeable about the topic. To advance his physical presence, this writer rented the above pictured trailer from which Larry spoke his mind.

On the phone this month, Brad told me a Jewish woman made a call to Bank of Ann Arbor to complain that she felt “threatened” when Larry was speaking, and within a day Brad was informed that his contract with the Bank was cancelled; he would receive no more payments. This writer observed a woman making a phone call just as Brad described.

Brad refused our $1,000, and who could blame him?

Jewish Power at work, or not? You decide.


Four vigilers
Thumbs: 19, Fingers: 5
America First, Not Israel
Witness for Peace
Henry Herskovitz

*“An open letter to an Ann Arbor hate group”, WJN Sept. 2015
“It’s official: picketers are pro-Nazi “Hate Group”, WJN April 2017
“Ann Arbor picketers and the Charlottesville Nazis”, WJN October 2017

** Alias

2 Responses to “Report on Beth Israel vigil 04-20-19”

  1. Your Parents, Sol?

    “the government’s story of 9/11: that hijackers rammed passenger aircraft into the World Trade Center towers, which alone caused their free-fall collapses onto their own footprints.”

    This isn’t the government’s story, though. According to NIST, the government’s story is that:

    that the WTC towers collapsed because: (1) the impact of the planes severed and damaged support columns, dislodged fireproofing insulation coating the steel floor trusses and steel columns, and widely dispersed jet fuel over multiple floors; and (2) the subsequent unusually large number of jet-fuel ignited multi-floor fires (which reached temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius, or 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit) significantly weakened the floors and columns with dislodged fireproofing to the point where floors sagged and pulled inward on the perimeter columns.

    Further, NIST doesn’t claim the buildings collapsed at “free-fall”.

    NIST estimated the elapsed times for the first exterior panels to strike the ground after the collapse initiated in each of the towers to be approximately 11 seconds for WTC 1 and approximately 9 seconds for WTC 2.

    The 11 and 9 second fall times refer only to the fall times for the “first exterior panels”. NIST continues:

    From video evidence, significant portions of the cores of both buildings (roughly 60 stories of WTC 1 and 40 stories of WTC 2) are known to have stood 15 to 25 seconds after collapse initiation before they, too, began to collapse.

    As for collapsing “onto their own footprints” the videos of the towers collapsing and photos of the resulting debris field clearly show the buildings did no such thing, which is also why the debris did severe damage to several nearby buildings. This may explain why I am unable to find any remarks by NIST substantiating the “footprint” claim.

    Whether you believe NIST’s explanation or not is a different matter. However, one ought to at least take care to understand and accurately present the government’s position if one deems it a subject worthy of scrutiny and comment.

  2. Francis Clark-Lowes

    A nice clear example of how Jewish power works. It’s good to have such up your sleeve when someone looks at you as if you’ve got some kind if disease when you suggest that Jews exercise any power at all.

    By the way, in Jewish circles there is no such squeamishless about admitting to Jewish power. Take, for example, J.J. Goldberg’s largely excellent eponymously named book, or the historical argument of Amos Elon in his ‘The Pity of Tt All’.
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