The Nazi Hunter

by Ari Bussel

A Nazi Hunter, now 89, was giving an account of his first exposure to the horrors of the Holocaust. This was probably the first public account of several daring missions he directed while at the Israeli Mossad. The decades have passed, the secrecy removed after some 50 years, but the real reason for this disclosure is two fold:

First, his generation is disappearing, and this is probably a last opportunity to give first hand testimony.

Second, the position of the Jewish people in 2011, 66 years after the end of the War, is probably more dangerous than in 1939. Humanity, apparently, has learned little and is ready to repeat past behavior.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

by Ari Bussel

The Cold War may be over, but no one in the world will dare stand up to Vladimir Putin. It is not fear, just realization exactly what may happen if one stand up against Putin. For an individual it may be a very unpleasant death, by a mysterious very toxic or radiological substance, for a country it can be an actual invasion.

Thus, it is an unstated knowledge that one does not dare Putin, not even Wikileaks that took very careful care not to offend Mother Russia in their disclosures of what they felt “the public needed to know.”

Putin message is simple: DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH US. There is no need to add “there will be harsh consequences,” for action is louder than words and past deeds paved the way for common understanding of this truth.

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A Sudden Shift of the Tide

by Ari Bussel

It is often said that left on her own, Israel does not need enemies. For the past two months we have been witnessing the reverse: The Middle East, Israel aside, has insurmountable problems. Neither the so-called “Arab-Israeli Conflict” nor the “Palestinian Problem” has anything to do with the Middle East upheaval.

It also became clear in Tahrir Square and later in Tripoli that the United States has much to do with what is taking place. Although it has not been shown the USA has instigated the so-called “Youth Uprising,” Obama and his Administration have taken a very active role in interfering, orchestrating and directing the events toward a “New Middle East.”

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Cleopatra Wasn’t Alone in De Nile!

by Norma Zager

“When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty,

There arises the recognition of ugliness.

When they all know the good as good,

There arises the recognition of evil…” Lao-tzu, the Founder of Taoism

I wasn’t born until after World War II was over for a year. I imagine I am the quintessential baby boomer. As a child, I don’t remember my parents speaking much about the war. My mother seemed eager to forget the whole episode and my father’s painful memories and loss of his mother and sister were palpable whenever the subject was broached.

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The Rape of a Reporter

by Ari Bussel

In the News:


What happened to CBS News’ Lara Logan in Tahrir Square? She suffered a “brutal and sustained sexual assault,” according to the network, and over the weekend the Times of London offered the first details on exactly what she went through: A source tells the paper Logan was stripped of her clothing by a crowd of 200 men, punched, slapped, and then pinched in a way that left red marks all over her body. She was also whipped with flagpoles and taunted with jeers of “Israeli” and “Jew.” A group of soldiers and women protesters rescued Logan and brought her to the Four Seasons, where she was treated by a doctor who sedated her.

There is so much violence on TV and so much sex on the Internet filled with horrors and make-belief scenes: People’s parts being sawn off, brutal and senseless shootings, drug consumption, perverted sexual scenes, a seemingly endless supply. One does not have to wander far from the major networks or the evening news. It is all there for us to witness. Nothing should surprise us any more.

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An Ancient Song

by Ari Bussel

For many Jewish songs one does not even need to know the words, the music is contagious. So hum along, or repeat a few words, as we go back in time and then return to present day.

Picture a young father with his three year old son. As I walk by, I can feel the connection, the total dependence of this young human being on his father, the almighty, all powerful, to guide him, protect his every step.

As I look at the two, I am touched beyond belief. The father lifting his son onto his shoulders, pointing at the stars and the moon that just appeared, and saying: Look up, look there.

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CAIR, A Serious Double Standard

by Ari Bussel

Ibrahim Hooper for CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), speaking on behalf “an estimated 500 Libyan-Americans in the greater Washington, D.C., area:”

Community activists will also outline ongoing efforts to create a military no-fly zone and naval exclusion area that would protect civilian protesters seeking the removal of Libya’s dictatorial regime.

It is indeed imperative, according to CAIR, “to lobby Congress to support a no-fly zone covering that North African nation.”

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Whose Voice Shall Speak for Israel?

by Norma Zager and Ari Bussel

“There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.” James Russell Lowell

In our last postcard (“Jews Speaking Civilly to One Another?”) I bemoaned the fact Jewish people cannot agree, even about those things that speak to their own survival.

I even sought wisdom from my Rabbi, and while he saw clearly through to the crux of the issue, sadly, he could offer no definitive solution to the dilemma.

One reader of the article posed an interesting question and asked, “Whose voice shall be the one that is spoken in unison?”

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The Golden Calf

by Ari Bussel and Norma Zager

These are the first two Commandments given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.”

From Saturday to Tuesday next week, Jewish people and Israelis will converge onto Washington D.C. for J Street’s second annual national conference.

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Jews Speaking Civilly to One Another?

by Norma Zager

“Who hates the Jews more than the Jew?” Henry Miller

The other night I attended a Jewish Federation event about how Jewish people can learn to have a peaceful discourse about Israel and agree to disagree in a friendly manner.

This was apparently necessary because the subject has grown to such aggressive proportions, Jews, who never had the capacity to get along anyway, are actually threatening the very health and welfare of the Jewish State.

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