www.peacenow.org is a vociferous voice among those advocating the forcible expulsion and ethnic cleansing of Jews from their homes inside the historic Jewish heartland. Their response is emblematic of the Jewish ‘peace camp.’ They manufacture counterfeit moral credentials and exploit their origins in order to influence U.S. foreign policy against Israel.
Peacenow.org was notably slow to even mention the Mumbai massacre. Even its meager acknowledgment of it was placed in the 7th position from the top, well below their primary news items which were mainly focused on attacking Jews whom they denigrate with their hostile term “settlers”.
Their web site showed one lit candle with an associated article that began with the following two quotes:
1) “APN (i.e. Americans for Peace Now) sends condolences to the people of India , and to the families of Israeli, American and other nationals who were murdered by terrorists in Mumbai.” This single sentence was the entire response of peacenow.org to the atrocity.
2) “Former senior Mossad analyst Yossie Alper offers a commentary on the lessons that Israel can learn from the Mumbai attacks.” (In this article Alper talks mostly logistics, population comparisons, coast lines, politics, history, security, etc. without naming a single victim.)
The single sentence response of peacenow.org appeared well after other outlets had provided in depth coverage of the facts, the implications and the human face of the story peacenow.org offered only the single word “condolences” for all the victims as if their reservoir of compassion had been totally depleted and they were slow to even offer that crumb of sympathy. It seems as if something inside these people gags at any genuine show of compassion for Jewish victims.
Peacenow.org found plenty of words to attack and dehumanize Jews. In extensive articles, which preceded their scant mention of Mumbai, they denigrated Jewish men women and children with terms like “illegal settlers”, “Hebron squatters” and “Settler violence”. This is the same political tactic long used by Nazi, Communist and Islamist propagandists to first deny the humanity of their intended victims in preparation for their persecution or worse. The Israeli ‘peace camp’ also employed this tactic in first dehumanizing the Jewish residents of Gaza leading up to their brutal expulsion.
Peacenow.org decided that the following information, which was carried by both Jewish and non-Jewish media throughout the world, was not worth mentioning on their site.
None of the readily available names or photos of the Jewish victims was posted or even mentioned by peacenow.org. This organizations' board of directors includes many with Jewish surnames and even a few rabbis. But authentic Jews always recognize the humanity of the dead by at least remembering their names. It is typical of the 'peaceniks,' however, to erase from memory and from history those whom they target or just don't care about. This amounts to a sort of execution by silence. peacenow.org chose the anti Judaic path of erasing even the memory of the dead victims.
There was no mention that Chabad Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka were horribly tortured prior to being executed. No mention of the extreme heroism of the Indian Nanny Sandra Samuel who risked her life to save two year old Moshe who, according to reports, also showed signs of being beaten. No mention of any others who were slaughtered because they were Jewish.
There was no mention of the name Chabad and their humanitarian outreach to all Jews, and to gentiles as well, lest Chabad receive any recognition for their good deeds. The Israeli and diaspora Jewish ‘peace camp” also evinces an irrational hostility to Jews of strong religious faith as well as to religious Christians, whom they often unfairly accuse of being “racists” and “opposed to peace.” It makes no sense at all from a “progressive” point of view to denigrate peaceful Jews and Christians engaged in humanitarian and charitable work, while winking at the cruelty of the radical Islamist militants
No mention that the terrorists were radical Islamists who had specifically targeted Chabad House to kill Jews who were not “settlers” living in the so-called “occupied territories”. They prefer to ignore the reality that radical Islamists terrorists regard all Jews as targets no matter where they live or what they believe.
Other web sites responded with appeals for funds to assist the orphans from at least two families and to rebuild the damaged Chabad House in Mumbai. Peace now is always collecting funds for their political activities but they offered no charity for Jews in need. The Jewish term for charity is ‘tzedaka’ but that word is missing from the vocabulary of the 'peace camp.'There was not one word of personal sadness or remorse for the loss of the Jewish kedoshim (saintly people) of Mumbai from a single member of the leadership of peacenow.org. Israel treats captured terrorists far better than peacenow.org has treated the memory of these Jewish victims. CRO Bertram Cohen Contributed to this article copyright 2008 Rachel Neuwirth
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Rachel Neuwirth is President of Middle East Solutions