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Crawford-Browne treads a very well-worn path

Mike Berger copied SAJR Online on tis letter he submitted on Terry Crawford-Browne
to Business Day today

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MIKE BERGER

Mike Berger copied us on the following letter he submitted to Business Day today:

Terry Crawford-Browne treads a very well-worn path (“Israel needs to comply”, Business Day 18 Sept); it’s one he can do in his sleep – and perhaps that’s the problem. Even the readers know what’s coming.

Let there be turmoil in the Middle East or in the Muslim world. Let fanatical Islamists terrify moderates into silence. Let tens (or hundreds) of thousands of fellow-Muslims be slaughtered in internecine strife. Let honour killings, the abuse of women or homosexuals and the oppression of other minorities stain the fabric of Muslim societies struggling to reconcile their belief system with the values of a modern, democratic world. Let terror become a way of life for thousands of Muslim youth indoctrinated by a radicalised clergy or despotic backward cultures, Crawford-Browne will find a way of dragging Israel into the debate.

He knows the drill by heart. Never forget to mention “apartheid”, even though Judge Goldstone (the same Judge Goldstone so beloved by the anti-Zionist community for his hatchet job on Israel – later retracted – in response to the Gaza war) had this to say in the New York Times regarding the “apartheid” blood libel: “One particularly pernicious and enduring canard that is surfacing again is that Israel pursues “apartheid” policies… In Israel, there is no apartheid. Nothing there comes close to the definition of apartheid… The charge that Israel is an apartheid state is a false and malicious one that precludes, rather than promotes, peace and harmony.”

Courtesy of Obama’s bungling and Putin’s Russia (Crawford-Browne has charming bedfellows) Israel’s “nuclear” arsenal is dragged out of the closet to excuse Syria’s chemical weapons. Well everyone, even the most brain-washed academic or leftist anti-Zionist ideologue, knows why Israel has nuclear weapons. The editors of the Business Day know why Israel has nuclear weapons. It is the same reason that law-abiding citizens in a lawless and viciously dangerous neighbourhood may purchase a gun.

Israel’s Jews have no intention of going the same way as the millions who died in World War 2 or in the pogroms or in the many other episodes of slaughter of defenceless Jews in Europe, especially, but also in the Middle East. Thus they hold and keep nuclear weapons as the ultimate deterrent.

And much to the frustration of Crawford-Browne and his like, but much to the relief of Jews and decent people everywhere, they will continue to hold them until stability and sanity returns to the region. May it happen soon even if only to spare us more letters from Crawford-Browne.

Mike Berger

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  1. David Abel

    Dec 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

    ‘Excellent – exceptionally well written (as usual).

    Mike, long may your Zionist media activism continue!

    Yishar Koach

    David Abel

    Zionist Action Committee

    SAZF Cape Council’

  2. Gary Selikow

    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

    ‘2014 no doubt more moral cowards and hatemongers (half of them born Jewish) will no doubt come out of the woodwork’

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Looking for descendants of Lithuanian great-grandfather

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I would be grateful for any information a reader may have as I search for descendants of my great-grandfather, Eliahu Zvi Bloch, a Kohen who lived in Anassisic/Anusshishok, Lithuania, near the Latvian border, from roughly 1820 to 1900.

My grandfather, Elchanon, the son of Eliahu Zvi and his third wife, Sarah Oralowich, who grew up in an orphanage, is the only one of the family who emigrated to the United States. I recall hearing that some of Elchanon’s siblings or half-siblings emigrated to South Africa in the first half of the last century.

I know very little else. I believe the family migrated to Lithuania from Germany around 1750 or 1800, that Eliahu Zvi’s father lived to be 100, and that Eliahu Zvi was 66 years old when my grandfather was born. It’s possible that some family members migrated to Israel, either prior to statehood or after living in South Africa. I would welcome any information, even if marginally related to my family, such as knowledge of life in Anassisic/Anusshishok. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, and can be reached at farrellbloch@aol.com

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Only those on the frontline should be vaccinated

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I read in dismay of doctors, often in private practice who never see a COVID-19-positive patient, who are rushing off with their wives and administration clerks to get to the front of the queue to be vaccinated. I see psychologists and other allied professionals flaunting the fact that they have been vaccinated or elbowing their way to the vaccine table.

While this happens, nearly a million health workers in the public sector who are actually dealing with COVID-19-positive patients in surgery, anaesthetics, intensive-care units, and emergency departments, treating patients with hands-on care, haven’t yet received their vaccinations. These are the frontline workers who are at risk. These are the doctors, nurses, and allied professionals who are dying. They aren’t there for the glory or the large salary but because they are committed to making a difference, to healing, and to contributing to a better world. I urge all of you who aren’t dealing directly with patients who breathe, cough, or spit at you, who can treat patients while maintaining a social distance and wearing masks, not to rush to the front of the queue. Leave the limited supply of vaccines for the real frontline workers. Everyone will get a vaccine. You may have to wait a few more months, but in the meantime, you can take precautions and be safe.

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Protest not a creative solution to education funding crisis

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Regarding your editorial (SA Jewish Report, 19 March 2021), in which you support Gabi Farber and others in protesting against inadequate funding for tertiary education, I agree with you about the importance of education and your sympathy for those who have difficulty financing their aspirations. Furthermore, I commend Farber for all the effort she has put in to explore multiple avenues to assist these students.

The truth as you so clearly state is that South Africa finds itself in a very difficult financial reality for multiple unfortunate reasons. But, confronting this reality requires creative and innovative ideas rather than avoidance with protests, which almost always result in significant vandalism – though I’m certain that was never Farber’s intention. In addition, whenever the government has been intimidated into providing additional funding for students as a result of violent protest, it has almost always been to the disadvantage of other South Africans in greater need.

I don’t deny that there are times when protest is the only option available, but this isn’t such a time. In her op-ed, Farber insists that all alternatives were explored before resorting to protests. However, if thousands of our brightest young people are unable to find creative ways out of their present difficulty, it’s unlikely South Africa will ever extricate itself from its present quagmire.

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