Good Friday Still Bad News for the Jews

By Norma Zager

“The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands.” Monsignor Cyril Salim Bustros, Greek Melkite Archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, speaking at a Vatican Press Conference in 2010

A reminder of anti-Semitism is never good for the Jewish people, or all people for that matter.

Good Friday, the day that commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, is a paradox in that it was the day a Jewish man was killed, and it is the day that has been used by some to promote hatred toward his people.

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What to Do? What to Do?

By Norma Zager

“After that I could never pass a dead man without stopping to gaze on his face, stripped by death of that earthly patina which masks the living soul. And I would ask, who were you? Where was your home? Who is mourning for you now?” Ernst Toller

Sadly, history repeats itself. Even more tragic, mistakes of the past are repeated with very little hesitation or interference from what should be an intelligent life form. We should know better.

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Protecting Free Speech

By Ari Bussel

The expression “ugly” or “naked” truth hits one squarely in the face. No makeup, costumes or other tricks of the trade, just plain, exposed reality. One we often do not like when we see it.

Many times it takes a child, someone naïve, unbiased and innocent, to expose things as they really are, not the way we were grown accustomed to see them. Without any pretense or illusion, without lighting or sound effects, the child declares, “Naked is the King,” and we are astonished at the simple truth we see for the very first time.

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The Holocaust as Seen in 2011

By Ari Bussel

It was ten a.m. in Israel on the Holocaust and Bravery Remembrance Day, and I stood in a city square as the siren started. It sounded somewhat distant, yet touched every nerve in my body.

People stopped, instantly frozen in their tracks. Cars stopped, their doors opened and the drivers and passengers exited. No one was honking. No one was talking. Everyone stood straight, silent, their heads bowed.

In this two-minute freeze-frame time span even the birds ceased their spring celebration. All was still, an entire nation respecting its dead, six million of them, as people recalled the Nazis’ attempt to annihilate their very being.

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Love has Left the Building

By Norma Zager

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hate is an unusual and deadly component in the human psyche. It embeds itself deeply like a tick under the skin. Unless removed it festers and sucks the blood of a victim.

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Goldstone and Judas: Brothers in Arms

By Norma Zager

“To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman.” Mark Twain

As a newspaper editor I am well aware the old saw about lies making headlines and retractions being hidden on the obituary page is most often true.

I am also aware the pen is mightier than the sword. Goldstone’s Report is further evidence of this reality.

What surprises me is shock people are expressing over the lack of outrage over Goldstone’s retraction of the lies in his report on Israel.

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