The Coastal Post - May, 1997

Address Israel's Human Rights Abuses


Readers of the New York Times may have noted in their Thursday, April 17th issue a full-page advertisement paid for by the Committee for Media Fairness and Michael J. Franzblau, M.D., Marin County physician and active Zionist. I mention this because, in addition to a cartoon which pokes fun at the Catholic church's institution, the confessional, the Times printed a column of mine reproduced from the Independent Journal of August 11, 1995. The Times ad encourages readers to write to John Curley, CEO of the Gannett publications and "ask him to stop publishing all anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic material." Appropriate phone numbers and addresses are included. Most people understand that the Zionist community calls critics "anti-Semitic" just to shut them up.

In my IJ column I had responded to Beth Ashley's report on Dr. Franzblau's personal campaign against a German physician, Hans Sewering. Sewering had been elected president of the World Medical Association, a global organization linking 50 countries. Franzblau's complaint was that a half century ago, during WWII, Sewering, who had joined the Nazi party, had transferred an epileptic 13-year-old to a nursing home where, either under Nazi orders or negligence, some of the children were put to death or died from neglect. Dr. Sewering had been examined during the post-WWII de-Nazification hearings in Germany, cleared of any human rights abuses and fined only for having joined the Nazi party. He then enjoyed 50 years of busy practice in Germany and was a politically active and recognized leader in German medicine.

In the absence of any positive proof of wrong-doing on Sewering's part, Franzblau had made two trips to Germany in an attempt to indict this man, and as he told Beth Ashley, "to get his head on a platter." Franzblau received little if any help from the authorities in that country, but did manage to convince our American Medical Association to threaten the World Medical Organization with withdrawal of U.S. funding. To protect the WMO from this financial onslaught, Sewering resigned his presidency at the age of 79.

In my column, I noted that Franzblau was dealing largely with hearsay evidence half a century old. Second, that as a Jew he was "carrying his people's hatred of the Nazis past healing into vindictiveness and revenge," and "to destroy the reputation of one of Germany's medical leaders because of what may have transpired 50 years wartime and under a fascist regime, serves no useful purpose."

I added that Zionists who collaborated with the governments of both Hitler and Mussolini during WWII, today in Israel "practice some of the worst aspects of those fascist regimes," and were then "holding over 8,500 political prisoners in the Negev Desert where physical torture is a daily occurrence...rather than destroying the reputation of one of Germany's most prominent physicians, Franzblau might better forgive Sewering and employ his energy correcting Israel's on-going human rights abuses which to date have been condemned by more than 81 resolutions from the U.N. Security Council.

As expected, IJ editor Jeff Prugh was subject to a torrent of verbal abuse from local Jews. The IJ then printed a rebuttal signed by local Rabbi Barenbaum and a local Presbyterian minister Douglas Huneke who had studied in Israel and written a book on the Holocaust. These two argued: "Justice is the issue. Strict adherence to the rule of law is the issue. Personal accountability for genocide and crimes against humanity are the issue." They also mentioned my "familiar anti-Jewish, anti-Israel line of argumentation." (August 18, 1995) Jeff Prugh had had enough by this time, and refused to print my response.

Forgiveness is not part of Jewish teaching. In the five books of the Torah, forgiveness is mentioned but once, when a Jew forgives a Jew. Even in business, forgiveness is confined within the Jewish community. In Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah, Jews are ordered to forgive loans to fellow Jews not paid in seven years, however for non-Jews the loan is extended. "Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again." (Deuteronomy 15:3). The Jewish prophet Christ emphasized forgiveness in his teachings, and eventually paid with his life for challenging this and other Judaic teachings he felt interfered with the humanity of his people, their relationship with their neighbors and their God.

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Abigail Wolf, Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League, didn't do her homework ("Holy Man A Terrorist," April 1). Court records are available to the public and Abigail should have known that Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman was NOT found guilty of the New York Trade Center bombing. He was found guilty of "seditious conspiracy to oppose the U.S. Government by force and violence," and "conspiracy to murder Hosni Mubarak" (Egypt's president). Actually, neither of these charges were proven in court, each being based solely on testimony by paid FBI informants given ridiculous sums by our government. As Ex-Attorney General Ramsey Clark noted after the trial: "Sheik Rahman committed no crime and the United States knows it...the United States wants to falsely label him as a terrorist."

Secondly, Abigail knows there is no "jihad organization." To Muslims the term "jihad" means living one's life in accordance with the holy Koran. To act politically in accordance with one's religious beliefs is a measure of faith, or jihad. Sheik Rahman, who is recognized throughout the Muslim world as an authority on the Koran, has for years been preaching against the corruption of Egypt's government, a corruption supported by Washington, that "western influence" to which Abigail referred.

As for Zionist influence in the Sheik trial which Abigail denies, their network shifted into high gear to indict this holy man. Zionist legislators, Senator Alphonse D'amato from New York and New York Representative Dov Hikind made it their personal business to reinforce indictments against Sheik Rahman. U.S. Attorney-General Janet Reno, under pressure from Israel's AIPAC lobby, met with Senator D'amato on June 29, 1993, just to discuss the plausibility of the Sheik's arrest.

The ADL rebukes American writers who criticize Israel's policies and human rights abuses against Palestinians and Lebanese, but never utter a word condemning the almost weekly vicious anti-Arab and anti-Muslim writings of New York Times columnist A. M. Rosenthal, or Jewish writers such as George Wills or Judith Miller. Attorney Pete McCloskey has launched a suit against the ADL for its illegal spying on Americans as well as its sharing of this information with the FBI and Israel's secret police network. Political writers have often observed that one country's "terrorists" are another country's "patriots." ADL take note.