December 7, 2010, - 1:52 pm

No Feliz Chanukah From You, Raul Castro

By Debbie Schlussel

As part of his “Strange New Respect World Tour,” Cuban dictator and tyrant replacement bro, Raul Castro, participated in a Chanukah ceremony on Sunday with Cuba’s tiny Jewish community at Havana’s Bet Shalom Synagogue.  Supposedly, this is supposed to indicate Castro’s newly “reformed”  outreach to religious institutions.  And if Cuban Jews didn’t worry like everyone else in Cuba whose presence is “graced” by this monster, perhaps they would have said, “Adios, cabron.”  (And, since I dated a couple of Cuban Jewish guys in college, I know that they and their Miami-exiled families would say something far worse, which begins with the word, “chupa,” and ends with “mueras” or “muertas.”)

Chanukah Abomination: Castro Lights the Menorah

It’s no “Feliz Chanukah” for Cuban Jews, just like everyone else in that nation, while the Castros are in power.  The Castros are no friends to the Jewish people, Cuban or otherwise.  At one time, Jews made up 40% of the population of Cuba.  Many Jews went there to escape the Inquisition.  Others went there to escape the Holocaust, when they could not get into the United States.  And thousands more came in the centuries in between.  But most of the Jews in Cuba are long gone.  And they are gone for one reason:  Fidel Castro.

Cuban Jews rightfully feared he’d institute his own personal Holocaust against them.  And he began, with seizing Jewish-owned property and handing it over to the P.L.O., a la Kristallnacht.  Castro cut off relations with Israel in 1973 and sent thousands of his troops to attack Israel and fight alongside the Syrian aggressors during the Yom Kippur War.  He also frequently trained P.L.O. terrorists and troops throughout the decades, including several stints where Cuban and P.L.O. forces did joint exercises in Nicaragua, under Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista dictatorship in the 1980s.

And while that Castro phony was donning a yarmulke at Sunday’s event, Alan Gross, a Jewish-American continues to rot in Cuban prison, where he’s been imprisoned for delivering satellite communications equipment to Jewish groups in Cuba.  No “Feliz Chanukah” for him either.

Today, the majority of Cuban Jews live in Miami, where they are exiles like the other Cuban immigrants.  There are even two Cuban Jewish synagogues there, where Miami’s Cuban Jewish population knows it can practice freely without fear.

Whenever I hear about left-wing Jewish leaders in the U.S. doing “missions” to Cuba, it’s extremely embarrassing and disgusting.  Fidel’s brother, Raul, supported everything his brother did and backs all of his policies.  He has no place–no business–in any celebrations of the Jewish holiday symbolizing freedom from oppressors.  He is no better and not much different from the villain of the Chanukah story, Antiochus Epiphanes.  If you have ever read accounts such as that in heroic political prisoner Armando Valladares’ harrowing “Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro’s Gulag,” you know that either Castro brother’s presence at any Chanukah event is an utter perversion.  My friend and philo-Semite, Rio Ramirez, a Cuban Olympic diver who defected, told me of his constant fear as a young Cuban diver that Fidel Castro would rape him.  Again, Raul Castro stood by all of this and enjoyed sharing in the power and the torment.

If only there were some modern-day Maccabees to crush this human garbage, parading as a world leader, down.  And as for the Jews who embrace this guy, well, they are modern-day Hellenists, whom the Maccabees would have quickly slaughtered.

Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Light.  And the Castros are just pure darkness.


Read more on Castro & the Jews and why this whole Castro/Chanukah thing is so outrageous.

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11 Responses

Commmunism is evil. To have a tyrant light the menorah mocks everything Hanukkah represents.

Cuba will be a far better place when the Castro brothers are gone from this earth.

NormanF on December 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I recently read ‘The new left, the old left and the leftover left” by a johnny-come-lately ex-lefty named Ron Radosh.He wrote about a trip to Cuba back in the day, going with a group of American lefties. They toured the ‘medical’ establishments there and their hosts boasted about some lobotomies being performed. One of the ‘tourists’, a US doctor, had the nerve to complain that something was wrong with that……The tour guide, a heavy-duty lefty Jewish girl from NY, proclaimed “There’s a difference between a capitalist lobotomy and a socialist lobotomy”. They all fell into line.
Enough said.

Not Ovenready on December 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

My father left Cuba in the 50’s and I asked him once if he’d ever like to go back and see his home again.

He said for what?
It’s all gone.
There’s nothing left of the Cuba he knew.

I also once told him that I was a Cuban-American.
He corrected me and said no you’re not,you’re an American.
He’s very proud to be an American.

His girlfriend is a Cuban Jew.
When he told me that,I thought he was kidding.I had never considered that there are Cuban Jews.
She just loves my father and she faithfully looks after the old man.

ebayer on December 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Debbie, sorry I couldn’t read this post. I fell asleep during the part about you dating those Jewbans.

A1 on December 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Ron Radosh broke with the left in the early 80s when he co-authored a book showing the guilt of Julius Rosenberg, and complicity of Ethel Rosenberg. late 70s. He is not a Johnny-come-lately. Unfortunately he has had some recent relapses, making inappropriate criticisms of M. Stanton Evans’ great book about Joe McCarthy.

Little Al on December 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

the phrase ‘late 70s’ is a typo & should be disregarded

Little Al on December 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Oy! Blaspheme!!

As goes Israel, so goes the World... on December 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

Sorry Debbie; but at no time the Jews represented 40% of the population in Cuba. When I left there in 1959 there were aprox.
20,000 Jews out of a population of 6 million. Today, there are
maybe 1500 (quite a few of those are really from mixed marriages). My father lost everything he had worked for all his life, he wasn’t a crook, just an honest businessman. When communism steps on the ground the grass never grows again on that spot.

LP: Thanks for the incorrect correction. But this is a documented fact. I studied Jews in Latin America a great deal in college, specifically those in Cuba and wrote my thesis on it. You are completely incorrect. DS

L. Perez on December 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

You know his hold is weakening if he didn’t have the guts to put up statues of Marx & Trotsky in front of that synagogue

Infidel Pride on December 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Lucy Rosenberg Goldberg told Fidel that she did not want him to memorialize her brother and sister in law for the 50th anniversary of their death and he did not respect her wishes.

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