Get rid of Sifrin and ‘the garbage he spews out’
Mark Furman JZAP (Jewish Zionist And Proud) Johannesburg
There is enough Israel bashing from the mainstream media. I don’t expect it from a Jewish community newspaper. It is supposed to be a community newspaper and not a left-wing political mouthpiece.
I take issue with Geoff Sifrin. Get rid of him. I am sure the Mail and Guardian will appreciate his viewpoints.
In his last column he calls Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely an ardent right-winger and settlement supporter. Why “ardent”? And why “ contemptuously “ criticised American Jews? Why not just right- winger? And why not just “criticised”? And what is wrong with being a right-winger or a conservative or anything else that is not left-wing liberal?
And what is wrong with being a settlement supporter? It is our land! It has been for thousands of years and we are taking it back. End of story.
And then Sifrin talks about “South African Jews who support Israel but oppose the occupation”. What occupation? There is no occupation. It is our land and at worst it is contested. Sifrin is obviously one of those who oppose the so-called occupation. He and a small number of left- wing liberals.
The vast majority of Jews do not think of it as an occupation, in spite of journalists like Sifrin spewing out the garbage that he does. He talks about “praise and criticism” for Israel. Israel gets enough criticism from Jew-hating and Israel-hating media. We don’t have to read about it in a Jewish community newspaper.
And then he talks about “struggle veterans”. Why is he not critical of this group of Israel-haters? The ANC regime is the single biggest critic of Israel outside of the Arab world. Who cares about what the group of incompetent, racist, crooks have to say about Israel?
Have you ever seen any of these self-proclaimed human rights fundis come out in support of SA Jewry or Israel? Where were they when that BFLF Jew-hater Mngxitama made those vile remarks about the Holocaust?
Have any of these so-called “struggle veterans” ever attended Yom Hashoah ceremonies? Not a chance. And by the way, as nice a guy as he was, neither did Nelson Mandela. So, who besides Sifrin and some of the left-wing Jewish apologists give a damn about these “struggle veterans” or the ANC regime or Tutu or any of Israel’s multitude of enemies and critics?
A little while back Sifrin and the SA Jewish Report made such a fuss of “ struggle icon” Ahmed Kathrada. The man hated Israel. Why give him any recognition or publicity? The same praise and attention will be given to Tutu when he dies. Another Jew-hater and “ardent” critic of Israel.
The SA Jewish Report probably mentions Nelson Mandela more times than any other newspaper I have ever read. Was Mandela Jewish? No. He was a good man. A real mensch, but not Jewish. There are so many Jewish heroes that the community and especially the youth, are not even aware of.
People like Janus Korcjak., Irena Sendler, Oskar Schindler and thousands more who sacrificed so much during the Holocaust. What about Natan Sharansky who spent nine years in soviet prisons just for being Jewish? Siberia- not Robben Island.
What about Gilad Shalit who was held for five and a half years in inhuman conditions? These are Jewish heroes. And there are many more that young Jewish kids can look up to. Sportsmen, actors, musicians. Make Jews proud.
Why not run a column on one or more of them every week? The Jewish Contribution to the 20th Century, a book by Alan Symons, has 1 000 mini biographies of Jews who have made a huge contribution to the world in medicine, sport, politics, etc. There are other similar books.
To me, every Holocaust survivor is a hero, as are the six million who were murdered in the Holocaust. Every Israeli who lives in Israel is a hero. It is people like these who have fought in numerous wars, who have lost family and friends.
It is only because of Jewish Israelis that we have a Jewish Israel. If it was up to left-wing journalists like Sifrin and his sort, there would be no Israel. And if it was up to those American Jews who were offended by Tzipi Hotovely’s remark, there would be no Israel. And just because an Israeli takes steps to ensure the safety of Israel and its Jewish citizens, it does not make them a “hard liner” or “ardent right-winger”. It makes them heroes in my eyes.
To Bibi Netanyahu and the rest of the so-called “right wingers” I say thank you and salute you. You are my heroes.
To the editor of the SA Jewish Report, I say the following: Get rid of Sifrin and replace his columns with those of someone like Ben Shapiro, a proud, conservative, frum, pro-Jewish and pro-Israeli American political commentator. Make more Jews proud to be Jews and Zionist.