10. ''A Rose is A Rose''
Sent: Sunday, 2 October 2005 6:37 AM
Subject: ''A Rose is A Rose'' by Giuseppe Furioso
''A Rose is A Rose''
Sept. 26, 2005
To The Editor of The New York Times:
In a pathetic attempt to defend Menachem Begin's Irgun against the charge of terrorism for the blowing up of the King David Hotel, Yaachov Gross writes (Letters, Sunday Times Magazine, Sept. 25) : '' For the record, The King David Hotel was serving primarily as the command center of the British Mandatory Government For Israel. The Irgun alerted the British authorities of the pending explosion and urged that the building be evacuated. ''
By arguing that the hotel was a legitimate military target, by virtue of it being a command center, Mr. Yaachov has unwittingly legitimized the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 since it too was a military command center...one that was directing the genocidal blockade of Iraq as well as the transfer of billions of dollars worth of military equipment to Israel, which was being used in part, to slaughter defenseless Palestinians. And as to the Irgun ''warning'' that the hotel was about to be bombed, no verifiable documentation of this exists, only self serving assertions by Jews such as Mr. Yaachov.
Furthermore, logic demands to know why such a warning would have been given in the first place, since if it were heeded, the Irgun would have merely succeeded in destroying an empty hotel, one without any significance, either military or civilian.
And finally, ''The British Mandatory Government For Israel''? ...no such entity ever existed; it was the ''British Mandatory Government For PALESTINE''.
Did Mr. Yaachov think by substituting the word Israel for Palestine he could further demonize the British as an occupying power and oppressor of Jews, and thereby further justify, an action that was by any definition, an act of terrorism?
The Story of Yaakov Markus
Quoted from Maxim Ghilan How Israel Lost Its Soul, Penguin Books (1974) p179:
'Yaakov Markus was born in Berlin on 22 November 1927 to a non-Jewish mother named Mathilde Markus and to a Jewish father. He came to Israel and in the fifties was drafted to serve in the 1956 Sinai campaign. He was killed there and buried provisionally at the Shelah Military Cemetery. Later this cemetery was abolished and the dead were transferred to other permanent graves. Yaakov Markus's bones were to be interred - as Jewish custom stipulates for Gentile dead
- 'beyond the pale', that is, behind a small stone fence cordoning off a piece of the Haifa cemetery.
'In this plot were buried other non-Jewish fighters, pilots and technicians who lost their lives helping Israel win her independence in 1948 and preserving it in the years that followed. Markus's parents did not accept the Rabbinate's ruling. They wanted their son to be granted the same honor as the rest of his fallen friends - burial in the Military Cemetery. General Goren, the Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Army - a visionary racist who wanted the conquest of both banks of the Jordan, advocated a religious state and tried to modernize religion for that purpose - was not in the country. The bereaved parents appealed directly to the Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, who had to make a special ruling for them. Markus was finally buried in the same row as his fallen friends.
But so that 'his bones should not be mingled with theirs', as Meshulam Schlesinger, Director of the Military Cemetery, put it, his grave was set somewhat apart.
'Meshulam Schlesinger officially stated that the corpse of Yaakov Markus had been circumcised after his death, to allow it to lie beside the Jewish fighters. This was later denied no less officially by the Ministry of Defense. But the grisly and macabre atmosphere surrounding the case has done much to deepen public concern.'
"Many rabbis and professionals have told me recently that they fear for their jobs should they even begin to articulate their doubts about Israeli policy--much less give explicit support to calls for an end to the occupation."
-- Rabbi Michael Lerner
April 28, 2002 in the Los Angeles Times
Confessions of a Philosopher:
It is not the case that a belief is worthy of respect, or is even interesting merely because it is widely held, though that it is widely held may give one food for thought. Of the religions I studied, the one I found least worthy of intellectual respect was Judaism.
----British Scholar and Philosopher Bryan Magee in 1997
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