May 16, 2007, - 3:00 pm
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I am constantly besieged with e-mails from anti-Semites who claim that Jews don’t serve in America’s military and that none are serving in Iraq. Both statements are extremely false. And even Mark Twain wrote extensively about the service of America’s Jewish soldiers. My cousin–a career Air Force man, whose name I’m not publishing for security reasons–served for a year in Iraq and was also serving in Kuwait. (My father was a Captain in the Army during Vietnam, and my great-uncle Maurice, a high-ranking career Army officer, served in World War II and became head of Veteran’s Services for the South Pacific under the Veteran’s Administration.)
And there are plenty of other Jewish American soldiers serving in Iraq. Since the war started in 2003, I’ve been sent plenty of photos of Jewish U.S. troops lighting the menorah (candelabra) in one of Saddam’s palaces on Chanukah or celebrating Passover, conducting the traditional Seder dinner in their tents. I’ve been meaning to post them, but unfortunately, didn’t get to it. So, I’m proudly posting this one from a recent issue of Newsweek, of Jewish soldiers praying in Iraq. . . .
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**** UPDATE: There are many brave soldiers, but I’d be remiss if I did not mention my friend, SPC Joe Kashnow, an Orthodox Jew and 3rd generation Army man who nearly lost his leg to an IED in Iraq. Joe’s site is Jewish Soldier. His leg was shattered.
And there is another friend, Retired Major General Sidney Shachnow, a Holocaust survivor, who only recently retired from being the very first Chief of Staff of Special Ops for the U.S. Army (he was THE top Green Beret).
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