December 7, 2006, - 1:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
When I get e-mails from anti-Semites, they usually include sentiments like “You can’t trust the Jews.”
Well, sometimes, I have to agree–on issues of terrorism and national security, you can’t trust the Jews . . . the liberal Jews in the sneering, snobbish, self-anointed, unelected, unrepresentative, so-called “leadership” of the Jewish community. One of the best–and worst–examples is the Detroit Jewish Community Council. Even the politburo of Hezbollah is less pan-Islamist.
In the late 1930’s, on the eve of the Holocaust, and even thereafter, Jews from Europe were constantly beseeching the American Jewish community to help them from certain extermination at the hands of the Nazis. Unfortunately, the sneering, smug Jewish leadership of that day is the same “leadership” of my fellow co-religionists, today. They largely ignored and turned their backs on the Jews of Europe, basically sending them to their deaths. Among those Jews were many members of both sides of my family, among the 6 million that perished.
Today, at the height of the new anti-Semitism, the new Nazism, my fellow co-religionists are doing it again. Forget the Baker Iraq Study Group report. And read this obnoxious Jewish Surrender Report, below, from the Detroit Jewish Community Council. It recommends kowtowing to Muslims who’ve openly, simultaneously praised and denied the Holocaust, Muslims who’ve uttered the most vile anti-Semitic, anti-American statements, Muslims who support Hezbollah and HAMAS terrorism against not just Jews but Americans. If these Jews cannot remember that they are Jews, can they at least remember they are Americans? Not exactly.
The message is written by Robert Cohen a/k/a “Abu Cohen”, the unelected, unrepresentative, far-left Executive Director of the Detroit Jewish Community Council, a group with about a $1 million budget in tax-deductible, American taxpayer-subsidized funds that it gets mostly from the falsely-named Detroit Jewish Welfare Federation. Cohen is a former employee at a New Jersey PBS (a/k/a “Palestinian Broadcasting System”) station. My grandfather, the late Irving W. Schlussel, was once President of the Jewish Community Council, and I envision him turning over in his grave, right now, as I post this piece. Almost all of those whose names are listed agree with this position and are going along.
(You will note that Mark Schlussel, my uncle, is listed, but he is not on the Jewish Community Council, and doesn’t agree with this absurdity. His son, my cousin Ira, tried in vain to get this bunch of idiots to do the right thing. It’s like trying to give a rock a brain. Another listed is my cousin, Daniel Cherrin, who unfortunately goes along with and supports this “dialogue”-with-the-Nazis crap proudly, so he’s earned a special mention here.
Note the name Marc Weinbaum, the ignorant head of AIPAC in Michigan (I had to explain Google to him, very recently, and he ignored my requests for him to do something about the 2002 University of Michigan Divestment Conference featuring terrorist Sami Al-Arian). If this doesn’t tell you that AIPAC is not a pro-Israel group, or dedicated to fighting the threat of Islamic terrorism, I’m not sure what will. Both Cherrin and Weinbaum sit on this absurd politburo they call the “Jewish Community Council.” Also note the names of two liberal, kowtowing Federal judges, Avern Cohn and Nancy Edmunds. This should disqualify them from hearing any future federal cases regarding terrorism. Moe Freedman ran the Jewish campaign for Bush and DeVos in Michigan and kowtowed to Islam–he and his father are useless on Jewish issues and terrorism. Our favorite: Brenda Rosenberg–she verbally services Muslim extremists the way Monica Lewinsky physically serviced Bill Clinton.)
Remember: If the Nazis had a viable group here in town during the Holocaust, these schmucks would have sent out an e-mail urging “dialogue” with the greater German-American Bund Society.
From: Sharryl Tensley mailto:tensley@JFMD.org
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 1:34 PM
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Subject: From Robert Cohen – The Insider’s View
From Robert Cohen “The Insiders View”
As a community relations agency, the Jewish Community Council is charged with promoting positive, productive relationships with Detroit’s general community and with the religious and ethnic communities that surround us. But as a staunch Israel advocacy organization, Council often takes positions and engages in actions that alienate our Arab and Muslim neighbors. Such was especially the case this spring and summer because of the deeply personal impact that the war in Lebanon had in our conflicted communities here.
Throughout the war, the priority was clear: Council’s energies must be focused on advocating for Israel. [DS: They neither advocated for Israel or America. They advocated for surrender, kowtowing, and sucking up.] We declined to visibly interact [DS: for about a month–BFD–then they went back to kowtowing] with Arabs or Muslims who would not explicitly condemn terrorist groups and recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and to defend itself [DS: the only Arabs in town who do this are Maronite Christians and the idiots at the Jewish Community Council won’t have anything to do with them]. Even moderate Arabs and Muslims with whom we had longstanding personal relationships [DS: NONE of those with whom the Detroit Jewish Community is cavorting ARE MODERATE] were unwilling or unable to publicly meet that standard. And to be frank, they had little interest in engaging with representatives of a Jewish community which they saw as unwilling to criticize Israel under any circumstances.
Now, some months after Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, it is time for us to assume a more nuanced posture [DS: “nuanced” is liberal code for “let us bend over backward, forward or whatever way our Muslim masters want it–you sane ones are too stupid to understand why we enjoy this”], maintaining our activism on behalf of Israel while looking for ways to reconnect with Detroit’s Arab and Muslim communities. We need to do this for several reasons:
* Christian religious leaders expect us to. [DS: What Christians? Not the ones I know. Vegan leaders “expect us to” not drink milk or eat eggs, so we should follow their expectations, too, using this warped “logic.”] Local Jewish community organizations have been reticent to take part in “peace” oriented events or in public discussions about the Arab-Israeli conflict that appeared likely to degenerate into platforms for criticizing Israel. Yet many mainstream Protestant and Catholic clergy, already sympathetic to the Palestinians and now the Lebanese, were troubled by what they saw as stubbornness and even militancy on our part. If we hope to promote support for Israel among Christian leaders, and to preserve overall good relations with our Christian neighbors, we must be seen by them as door openers, not door closers.
* Our Arab and Muslim neighbors aren’t going anywhere. We will continue to live in close proximity with them. If a violent incident involving our communities were to occur, open communications with them could help prevent it from escalating. And the chances of such incidents may be reduced if our reaching out emboldens moderate Arabs and Muslims to reciprocate and assert greater leadership in their communities.
[DS: The Nazis are here, so let’s kiss their asses.]
* On a more positive note, the Jewish community stands to benefit from normalized relations with the Arab and Muslim communities. We need each other to stand together in areas of shared interest such as minority rights and hate crimes, freedom of religion and the separation of church and state, immigration reform, and social justice. Our communities have been especially successful working together to support state funding of our social service agencies.
[DS: This paragraph is total fertilizer. Stand together on hate crimes? When did the Muslim community denounce the death threats I got from a prominent Detroit Muslim Arab, Lola Elzein? Freedom of religion? They love freedom of their Islamic religion, but don’t care about ours. Separation of church and state? They love that. It’s the separation of mosque and state that they don’t want. Immigration reform? Since when is it the Jewish position that we should let more Muslim extremists into the country or give them citizenship amnesty? State funding of social service agencies? Uh, stop my tax money from going to these liberal idiots. And stop my tax money from going to ACCESS, the Muslim agency that spends it on anti-Israel Divestment conferences and anti-Semitism.]
* Our traditional Jewish values compel us to strive for shalom bayit [DS: “shalom bayit” means piece in the house, which doesn’t have a damned thing to do with kissing your would-be exterminators’ butts], peace not only in our individual homes, but also in our home communities. Our lives will be enriched to the degree that we can replace enmity and acrimony with reconciliation and friendship.
[DS: Dream on, idiot.]
We have already begun, working behind the scenes to foster a climate that is receptive to slowly and cautiously reengaging our communities. At a meeting with Detroit Free Press managers following a front-page story declaring that “metro Detroit’s world-famous interfaith tapestry is unraveling” we reminded them that our city was untouched by communal violence even at the height of hostilities in Lebanon. We also explained how we expect reengagement to begin –with informal private conversations between old friends and colleagues, modest cooperative projects unrelated to the situation in the Middle East, and activities bringing children and teens together to learn about each other.
We remain active in Interfaith Partners, a program of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (the new name for NCCJ), which brings together Jewish and Muslim lay and religious leaders, along with Christians and those of other faiths. And our participation in New Detroit’s Race Relations Summit and Immigration Task Force [DS: supporting illegal aliens and more Islamic extremist immigrants] provided opportunities to work in concern with Arabs and Muslims on important community issues [DS: like hastened building of new crematoria].
Reaching out to Arabs and Muslims does not mean selling out Israel [DS: No, it means selling out America AND Israel]. It means challenging ourselves to walk nimbly along a path that undoubtedly will be bumpy and not well marked. While we cannot project how long it will take to get there, we look forward to some day finding safe venues where we can discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict with Arabs and Muslims who share our commitment to peace in the Middle East and here at home.
This is a time when caution should be joined by hope, steadfastness with prudent risk taking. It is a time to move forward.
More like, time to move backward to Kristallnacht II, whose arrival will be hastened by these imbeciles.
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