An American Jewish mother moves to Israel


By Stanley Walinets
May 12, 2010
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Extract from an interesting letter I received last December:

"Three years ago, I moved to Israel with our children so my husband, who is Israeli, could be close to his family. While there I worked for Palestinian-Israeli social justice organizations, and was actively involved in the Israeli movement in solidarity with Palestinian partners... From the South Hebron hills, where local families fought to stay on their land, even as children are stoned on their way to school and their harvests and animals are poisoned; to Asariyah, formerly part of Jerusalem, but now cut off and surrounded by the Wall; to Bedouin communities in Israel that are being demolished over and over again; I was witness to the ravages of state policies that unequivocally favor one people over another, making neither peace nor security possible for anyone in the region.
But during this time I was also privileged to get to know the amazing groups of tireless Palestinian and Israeli activists who need our support. I am more convinced than ever that we in the US have an enormous responsibility -- and opportunity -- to play a critical role in bringing about an end to the apartheid-like policies that are the heartbreaking reality of the Occupation today........ "

The lady was Rebecca Vilkomerson, a member of the US organisation Jewish Voice for Peace.

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Joshua18

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 08:00

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You are such a pompous little man. You did not receive "a letter" at all. This is part of an e-mail that was sent out by the executive director of the Jewish Voice for Peace (sic) to her supporters and sundry other kapos and collaborators nearly a year ago. If you received it in December then you really must be out of the loop. The truth is that you probably found it yesterday on your internet travels.

It is also worth noting that Rebecca Vilkomerson was not somehow converted to her virulent anti-Zionism (pro-boycott, pro-terrorist, pro-Goldstone) during her stay in Israel. She had in fact joined Jewish Voice for Peace (sic) in 2002. I'll let her take up the story. This is the second paragraph of her e-mail, the one you conveniently forgot to post:

'I first joined JVP in 2002. The second Intifada had just started, leading me to re-examine everything I had learned as a child about Israel. Once I understood the reality of my responsibility as an American, a Jew, and later, as a mother to Israeli-American children, I had to act. JVP became not only a place where I could act on my politics, but a community that reflected my Jewish values.'

Two points:

1) She joined this vile organisation at the very moment hundreds of Jews were being murdered by suicide bombers in buses and pizza parlors and street corners.

2) She might have married an Israeli (introduced to her incidentally by a Jordanian friend), but what kind of Israeli would have married a woman like that?

And, according to her profile at Jewish Voice for Peace, this is how she "educated" herself:

'I read books like "The Iron Wall" by Avi Shlaim and"Drinking the Sea at Gaza" by Amira Haas. I became a regular reader of the Electronic Intifada and JewishPeace News. As my own position became clearer to me, I knew I needed to become active in the movement for justice for Palestinian people.'

No comment required.

Just how wicked is she? Rebecca Vilkomerson on Richard Goldstone, South Africa's infamous hanging judge and pillar of the apartheid regime:

'a Jewish South African with impeccable credentials in international law who had been deeply involved in the struggle against apartheid'


Joshua18

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 08:04

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Just how "Jewish" is this "Jewish mother"? Again, in her own words:

"I don’t currently belong to a synagogue, so JVPhas become my Jewish community."

In other words Walinets, she's about as Jewish as a pork chop or you.


Yvetta

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 08:52

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Reading Stanley's screed, I've got an eery sense of déjà-vu ...


Stanley Walinets

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 14:10

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"Joshua 18", whoever you are, "You are such a pompous little man" is not a constructive way to respond to someone you disagree with, is it? Do call me names if it pleases you. But it would be more sensible to look at the facts you find so uncomfortable and disprove them, if you can.

A small point first. You sneer at the term "letter" when what I'd received was an email. What is the difference, that you find it so important? They're both communications. You're right about one thing though -- I received Vilkomerson's email last September but wrote December by mistake. Forgive me that error.

But I'm not ashamed to acknowledge that her 'letter' came to me as one of several occasional emails from Jewish Voice for Peace, for I openly support their aims. I simply presented it as an extract, as the title shows, in order to present her first hand experiences for JC readers to consider. What would have been more helpful, in the search for truth I hope we are all engaged in, would have been that you actually consider the experiences she describes, then say on what grounds you believe she is lying.

You ask "what kind of Israeli would have married a woman like that?". Do you really mean that because some Israeli men, some Jews, see things differently to how you see them, that such people are inferior, beneath contempt? That is not an acceptable way to regard Jews you don't like, is it?.

You wrote, dismissively, "this is how she "educated" herself; read books like "The Iron Wall" by Avi Shlaim and"Drinking the Sea at Gaza" by Amira Haas". How did you educate your self, Joshua? I happen to be reading Shlaim's 'Israel and Palestine' at the moment: I sincerely recommend it, if truth is what you seek.

I do think you should read again the essence of the email letter I posted, for it describes, at first hand, the sorts of suffering "we" Jews are inflicting on other human beings. Please read it. And tell me she's lying?

"From the South Hebron hills, where local families fought to stay on their land, even as children are stoned on their way to school and their harvests and animals are poisoned; to Asariyah, formerly part of Jerusalem, but now cut off and surrounded by the Wall; to Bedouin communities in Israel that are being demolished over and over again; I was witness to the ravages of state policies that unequivocally favor one people over another, making neither peace nor security possible for anyone in the region."

Finally, you quote her words "I don’t currently belong to a synagogue, so JVP has become my Jewish community" and you add "In other words Walinets, she's about as Jewish as a pork chop or you."
I am a Jew, as much or as little as you are. Do you really think you have the right to decide who is a Jew and who isn't?


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 14:36

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Stanley Walinets
I am sure that Joshua18 is more than capable of defending his position, all I would say on the posting refers to your last sentence; and yes "we do have the right to decide"; if you really are a Jew and not a "Pork Chop", by aligning yourself with our enemies you become a traitor to the Jewish people and you have forefeited the right to be considered Jewish.
I suggest you read the following:-

http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/time-for-stanley-and-all-his-lefty-friends...

and

http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/jnews-whats-it-all-about


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 14:44

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http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=108&x_article=1498

"Jewish Voice for Peace - A Voice for Defamation"

They support a boycott and divestment.

They are Renegades.


Yvetta

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 19:50

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Talking of Jews who aren't exactly in love with Israeli policy (to put it no more strongly), when dear departed Moshe was here he didn't believe me when I mentioned that the local town council here in the boondocks had refused (on the grounds of its "irrelevance" and its cost) to host an Anne Frank Exhibition, a decision which was condemned in the local paper by the daughter of Holocaust survivors. That incident was months ago, and the anti-Israel activists have made the most of it by turning the issue into an excuse to scream their propaganda in the correspondence columns of our not-so-esteemed organ. They've ensured it runs and runs. Today's paper contains a letter by the Sec. of the local Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which begins by telling us what I don't think we've heard before - that her father is Jewish and her mother the daughter of a Jewish mother - and she then invites us townspeople to a meeting on the 15th to commemorate the Nakba. I have never responded to these letters - though I once did have a slanging match with one of the campaigners on the street during Cast Led, when they were demonstrating as/or with the local Peace Network (strange how they ignore all other war zones) - because I think they'd love the extra publicity a paper warfare would give them. Anyway, if this woman really is of Jewish ancestry, she's the second anti-Israel propagandist of that ilk in this remote little town. And that's overlooking the person who wrote to the local paper last week about the Anne Frank Exhibition that never took place, with "Holocaust victim" in brackets after his name, and taking a swipe at Israel while he was at it. Bit suspicious, I thought.


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 22:24

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send me the letter and I will respond. all these letters should be responded to. "Sunshine is the best form if disinfectant"


Joshua18

Thu, 05/13/2010 - 07:37

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My perfectly reasonable reply to Herr Walinets was for some unnaccountable reason deep-sixed by the JC censor (aka "Pollard's posse"). I can't be bothered coming up with another, but I'm sure you can all guess what I'd like to say about Walinets in a freer world.


Stanley Walinets

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 04:05

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Jon_i_Cohen says he has the right to decide if I am a Jew and not a 'Pork Chop'; that by aligning myself with 'our' (i.e., his) enemies I become a traitor to the Jewish people and have forefeited the right to be considered Jewish.

Joshua 18 refers to me as 'Herr Walinets'.

Here is an interesting fact about the Nazi period of German history, for you both to consider: When any citizen at that time questioned his Government's vicious persecution of Jews, such citizens were called 'Self-haters'. Isn't that interesting?

And while I'm mentioning those Holocaust years, I appreciate that Yvetta at least, unlike you two gentlemen, does speak of her actual local experiences. But I don't think you're being honest with yourself, Yvetta.

You think that if some Jews disagree with you, they cannot really be Jews. And if someone says he was actually a Holocaust victim, if he holds a different opinion to yourself you suspect him of lying. In short, like Jon & Joshua, you just cannot tolerate any fellow Jew who thinks the behaviour of Israel's Government should ever be criticised.

I note that none of you has yet done what I suggested in my last post, when I asked you to re-read the actual personal experiences described by fellow Jew Rebecca Vilkomerson as she witnessed the undeniable effects of the behaviour of our fellow Jews in Israel. She described, having seen it for herself, the sorts of suffering "we" Jews are inflicting on other human beings. I ask you for the second time please read it. And tell me she's lying?

"From the South Hebron hills, where local families fought to stay on their land, even as children are stoned on their way to school and their harvests and animals are poisoned; to Asariyah, formerly part of Jerusalem, but now cut off and surrounded by the Wall; to Bedouin communities in Israel that are being demolished over and over again; I was witness to the ravages of state policies that unequivocally favor one people over another, making neither peace nor security possible for anyone in the region."

Read it. Go on, read it. Then tell me how you feel.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 11/27/2010 - 04:34

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Yes, of course Bedouin homes are being demolished... As would be demolished in any country homes built illegally and not having proper sanity.
Stanley is another Jew-hater who spreads propaganda. Typical brand of guy who searches for 'facts' in propaganda books, takes what he reads for granted as long as it supports his prejudices.

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