B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin penned an op-ed that ran in JTA on Nov. 18 that discusses the global outcry against terrorism in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks and asks why the frequent terrorist attacks in Israel are not also universally condemned?
You can read the op-ed on JTA's website by clicking here.
(JTA) — The international outrage over the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris is absolutely on target. But the absence of an outcry over the weeks of attacks against Jews in Israel — stabbings, shootings and car rammings are among the most common tactics — is equally outrageous.
More than a dozen Israelis have been killed during the past month. Yet these terror attacks against Jews have largely drawn silence from the civilized world, or worse, questions about whether Israel deployed “excessive force” to defend itself. If people were being stabbed indiscriminately on First Avenue outside U.N. headquarters in New York, does anyone think the diplomats inside would complain about the New York Police Department using “excessive force” to stop the perpetrators?
We stand with France. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Whether the weapons of choice are bombs and guns, as in Paris, or knives, as in Raanana and Jerusalem, the taking of innocent lives needs to be seen through the same prism.
President Francois Hollande of France has called what happened in Paris “an act of war” and promised the French response would be “merciless.” World leaders have condemned the horrific Paris terror attacks in no uncertain terms.
The knifings, shootings and car rammings of Jewish-Israelis deserve to be met with the same global outcry — but they haven’t been.
To defeat terror, the world must agree on a “common denominator” around which to develop a strategy. The killing of innocents is that common denominator. Yet in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, levelheadedness in identifying who the terrorists are has fallen victim to a pernicious moral equivalence.
Whatever the grievance, resorting to verbal gymnastics to explain wanton killing is unacceptable.
The U.N. Human Rights Council, in an adopted resolution on the Gaza War last year, did not mention Hamas once in the document, notwithstanding the fact that Hamas initiated the conflict by firing rockets indiscriminately into Israeli population centers. That’s terror, too. Only the United States voted against the resolution; all 10 European countries abstained.
Inconsistency in calling terrorism what it is sends the wrong message every time. Remember the European Union agonizing over whether to put Hezbollah on its terrorism list, with it winding up in 2013 creating a “military wing” and a “political wing” to describe the terrorist group? Since then, Iran has provided thousands of rockets to its Lebanese client. Clearly, neither Hezbollah nor Tehran took the EU seriously.
So if one must be “merciless” in defeating the terrorists, as Hollande pledges France will be, why can’t Israel act this way?
The way the world looks at terror demonstrates a double standard. Caught up in the politically correct morass of “evenhandedness,” Palestinian terror is getting a very large pass from the world.
It’s time to bury, once and for all, the “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” mentality that has given the Palestinians an excuse and even sympathy in too many international eyes to carry on a terror campaign against Israel.
For all of us — Americans, French, Israeli, British — to defeat the evil that has brought us this new reign of terror, we all need to be on the same page. Terror is terror.
B’nai B’rith World Center – Jerusalem Director Alan Schneider responded to AMI Magazine and its questioning of whether Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessach was truly worthy of the Jewish Rescuers Citation B’nai B’rith posthumously conferred upon him.
In the letter, Schneider writes: “I suggest that we give all the narratives equal credence and not unnecessarily undermine the brave record of Jewish heroes. It is easy enough to raise conjecture 70 years after the fact, but none of the evidence provided by Dr. Medoff has convinced me that our description of Rabbi Pessach’s Holocaust-era bravery needs to be amended.”
The full letter is posted below.
El Venezolano TV – a Spanish-language channel in the Miami-area – interviewed Director of Latin America Affairs Eduardo Kohn in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris to discuss what was going on in France, as well as global terrorism and radical Islam. Kohn is the first person interviewed in the segment (SPANISH).
The Intermountain Jewish News continued the media coverage of the election of B'nai B'rith International’s new President Gary P. Saltzman. The article discusses Saltzman’s accomplishments during his time as chairman of the executive, as well as his leadership throughout his 40 years with B’nai B’rith. Click here to read the article in IJN.com
Denverite Gary P. Saltzman is the new president of B’nai B’rith International. He was elected Nov. 9 by the board of governors at its annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Saltzman immediately begins a three-year term leading the world’s oldest Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization.
In 40 years as a member of B’nai B’rith International, Saltzman has demonstrated leadership and dedication at the local and international levels of the organization through an impressive range of roles and responsibilities.
“It is a unique privilege to add my name to the list of presidents who have served this venerable organization during its 172-year history,” Saltzman said.
“Throughout my decades of service to B’nai B’rith, I have been directly involved in all aspects of our core mission at the local and global levels: From advocating for human rights, to supporting Israel and fighting anti-Semitism, to speaking out for seniors and to providing aid to the victims of disasters.
“I am eager to honor the roots of this organization while advancing its mission in new ways.”
Algemeiner: Major American Jewish Groups ‘Dismayed’ by ‘Misguided’ EU Labeling of Israeli Settlement Products
The Algemeiner mentioned B'nai B'rith International in a story on American Jewish groups’ widespread condemnation of the EU’s guidelines to label Israeli products produced over the pre-1967 lines. A B’nai B’rith statement is quoted in the story, saying the move “also encourages and reinforces the Palestinian narrative at a dire time when anti-Semitic incitement is thriving and there have been more than 60 knife, gun and car attacks on Israeli Jews.” Click here to read the story on Algemeiner.com
American Jewish groups across the board echoed Israel’s harsh condemnation of new European Union guidelines for labeling products made in territory captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.
B’nai B’rith International said the move was an anti-Israel measure that obstructed any resolution with the Palestinians.
“It also encourages and reinforces the Palestinian narrative at a dire time when anti-Semitic incitement is thriving and there have been more than 60 knife, gun and car attacks on Israeli Jews,” the group said.
“The European Union would better spend its time encouraging Palestinians to get to the negotiating table, as these guidelines only prolong the process, rather than resolve it,” B’nai B’rith said.
Colorado Public Radio ran a story on the election of B'nai B'rith International's new President Gary P. Saltzman at the 2015 Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. The article covers Saltzman’s prior work with B’nai B’rith, as well as Colorado’s relationship with the State of Israel. Click here to read the article on CPR.org
Gary P. Saltzman, of Centennial, was elected president of B’nai B’rith International, the organization said on Monday. He will serve a three-year term leading the organization, which serves the Jewish community and advocates internationally for Israel.
Saltzman has been a member for 40 years and is currently an at-large member for Denver's chapter of the organization. In addition, he has been president of the B’nai B’rith Denver lodge and a regional president for the organization's "western frontier."
Previously, Saltzman served as as the chairman of the executive board of directors for the organization. He has also traveled to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to speak out against "the chronic mischaracterization of Israel’s human rights record," according to the organization.
As for his home state, Saltzman says Colorado enjoys a warm relationship with Israel.
"Our governor has been to Israel and continues to cultivate economic connections, [...] many of our legislators, both at a state and national level, have been to Colorado and have a very warm relationship with the nation of Israel," Saltzman said.
JBS News Update covered the enactment of the deal between the French and U.S. governments that will make available $60 million in French government funds to victims who were transported from France to Nazi concentration camps by France's national railway company.
A B'nai B'rith International statement is quoted in the story saying that this is a “part of the continued process of providing a small measure of justice to those who suffered through the Holocaust.”
The story starts at the 2:49 mark.
B'nai B'rith World Center Director Alan Schneider wrote a piece on Jewish rescue for the September issue of “Mizkar," a quarterly on the Holocaust, revival, memory and memorialization published by the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel that represents 50 organizations assisting Holocaust survivors.
The article (written in Hebrew) is a fantastic and largely unknown story of Jewish self-rescue during the Holocaust.
When we say Holocaust, we immediately envision the extermination of the Jews. The time has come to remember and memorialize the heroism of Jews who rescued their brethren while endangering their own lives.
The Times of India also ran a story on the B’nai B’rith delegation, meeting with leaders in the city of Kochi. Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin is quoted. Click here to read the story on TimesofIndia.com
After 13 years, 16 members of the 172-year-old Jewish organization, B'nai B'rith International, came to Kochi again to strengthen the community's ties with the city where their ancestors had sought asylum under the Cochin kings.
The members of this New York-based NGO visited Tripunithura on Thursday to pay their respects to the Cochin royal family, who let members of the Jewish community settle down here and conduct business when they were facing persecution elsewhere. The organisation works for the welfare of the Jewish community around the world.
The team, led by David Michael, vice-president of the organisation, were received by members of the Cochin Royal Family Historical Society (CRFHS) outside the Sree Poornathrayesa Temple in the evening. The team had come to visit New Delhi following an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
They visited Thattu Malika, the over 100-year-old architectural marvel adjacent to the temple. The group was later given a reception at Kalikotta Palace. Team members complimented the religious tolerance of the city where different communities coexist.
Daniel S Mariaschin, executive vice-president and CEO of the organisation, said, "Kochi is a beacon of tolerance in the world which is witnessing chaotic wars in the name of religion today. After our earlier visit to Kochi, we had conducted a photo exhibition showing religious tolerance back in the US. It was a huge success. This time too, we want to shed light on the cultural coexistence of the city to other parts of the world."
The team learnt about the current situation of the synagogue in Mala and the dwindling Jewish community in Kochi. "Currently, we have not decided on steps to be taken to preserve the synagogue in Mala. A decision will be taken after we return to the US," David said.
The organisation had an office in Mumbai till the 1990s, but it was closed later. Daniel said they want to re-establish the organisation in Mumbai to strengthen the relationship between India, Israel and the US. The team will be here in Kochi for the next three days.
They will visit the Mattancherry Synagogue and other parts of the city on Friday.
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