Dear Editors, amv"sh
I was very disturbed to hear that you actually printed Sidney Schwartz's report of the Israel Day Concert in the Washington Edition of the Jewish Week. This is especially disturbing because you were informed when this post first came out online, by many people that Sidney Schwartz's report of the Israel Day Concert was one big distortion and lie.
In response to our quick reaction to this lie of a letter, you did not print it in the New York edition of the Jewish Week but did you figure you can get away with it in the Washington Edition. My question to you is do you knowingly and stubbornly print something that is clearly libelous and a lie? I hope not!
Does the Jewish Week wish to besmirch the reputation of Jews that love the Land of Israel if they disagree with American Foreign Policy and the expulsion of 350,000 beautiful Jews in Judea and Samaria. These Jews are the salt of the earth and love the Land of Israel with their heart and soul ? If not, then why do you choose articles that grossly distort the truth to portray these caring Jews as haters of Arabs.
In his letter, Sidney Shwartz seems to imply that anyone that speak out against the expulsion of Jews from Judea and Samaria are extremists and clearly hates Arabs.
From: Robin Ticker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM
Subject: This is Zionism by Sidney Schwartz - letter to the Editor
Dear Editors of the Jewish Week:
I am a proud activist for Eretz Yisroel for many years. I lived in Kiryat Arba for approximately 7 years and now living in Brooklyn. I am totally involved with activism on behalf of the Jews in Judea and Samaria. I was shocked to read Rabbi Schwartz's opinion piece which said that the people at the concert were singing "Am Yisroel Chai, All the Arabs must die".
I was at the concert and I didn't hear this song being sung. I heard speaker after speaker and entertainer after entertainer and I did not hear this message from them. It is amazing to me to believe this report when after being so involved for over 30 years with the people that live in Kiryat Arba and Judea and Samaria I have NEVER EVER heard them sing this song! The fact that Rabbi Schwartz was so quick to condemn the people at the concert and make it appear as if they were consumed with baseless hatred for the Arabs is very disturbing. This is slander and a lie.
I am in their circles and I can testify that their motivation is a love of the Land, the love of the Jewish people, a love for the commandments of the Torah and yes a love of humanity. They have a clear understanding for the mission that G-d has ordained for the Chosen People in the Land, which will ultimately benefit all of humanity. We too want Tikkun Olam. We believe that the Arabs living in our land must accept Jewish Sovereignty because that is G-d's will. The nations of the world will be blessed when we observe the commandments in the Land.
Rabbi Schwartz, Do the Palestinians have the mandate, inclination or desire of observing commandments of the Torah in the Land? If not, why should we give them Our Land? Can they bring forth the Kedusha, the holiness that will permeate humanity?
When we Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America does it mean that we wish all non American's to die? Doesn't it say in the 2nd Bill of Rights, that Americans have the right to defend themselves and a right to bear arms? Does it mean we wish to kill every non American?
Rabbi Schwartz has turned his back on the Jewish faith when he promotes a Palestinian State. He has turned his back on the Torah and will have to answer to His Creator about why he was Motzei Shem Ra, lied, about the true intentions of the Jewish People, those like myself who attended the concert, who love the Land and wish to support those that live on the Land as per their entitlement in Judea and Samaria.
The Jewish Week, did a great disservice by printing this Lashon Hara and spreading baseless hatred and lies about a deserving Jewish population.