Hamas War

Sunday, July 6, 2008

That's Why!

It has always seemed so incomprehensible to me that World Jewry, American Jewry especially were so quiet and passive and accepting while Nazi Germany kept upgrading increasing the discrimination against Jews which culminated in the systematic murder of six million. On numerous occasions I asked my father how much he, a person who always read the newspaper, knew about what was happening.

I always had trouble believing it, but he insisted that very little news came out.

These past few years, I've been in New York every summer. I read newspapers, get to see the news on TV, and I'm in the dark about what's happening in the world. That's should expose me to more news than people knew about all those decades ago.

When I was growing up, the nascent television had a maximum of 13 channels. Now there are hundreds.

We've just spent two Shabbatot in New York Jewish communities, gone to synagogue, listened to the sermons.

Israel is not a priority.

That's it. Even though there was a terror attack in which Jews were murdered recently, if there were headlines, they were fleeting. The fact that the terrorists continue to attack Sderot and the Negev is considered boring old news, which doesn't sell papers or bring in advertising revenues.

There may be a potential of support for Israel and our rights to live in all of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, but we can't expect to activate it since they don't know what's really happening.

Hasbara, public relations for Jewish rights needs to go to the people. We keep hearing that we are exposed to so much information and news, but I have a feeling that it's not true at all.

We must work hard to find a way of letting the world know.


Anonymous said...

Strangely enough, it made the headlines in France, in all media types.

goyisherebbe said...

Restricted news in those days wasn't only about the Nazi Holocaust. In 1932 New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for his glowing reports on the Stalinist Soviet Union. Years later the truth came out about the millions starved to death in the midst of plenty and the other millions executed or sent to the Gulag. But for the NYT in 1932, the USSR was politically correct before the term was invented. The anti-communist papers of course couldn't get into the USSR as Duranty could and thus failed to get the facts.
This is the same thing that happens to CNN in Lebanon or Iran or wherever in our time.

Batya said...

ilanadavita, do you know if it was mentioned in the synagogue sermons?

goyish, yes, our kids should go into media. That's the real power.

benning said...

Batya, the MSM in the USA is decidely anti-Israel. If the news from Israel cannot be massaged to show the evil of Israel then it is ignored. Just look at how the NYTimes deals with any news from Israel. I can sum it up thus: "Israelis evil/Palestinians good"

In the 30s, Jews were a smaller minority than now, and I think most Americans were ambivalent toward Jews, not to say anti-semitic. Things changed - for the better - until the last few years. Now the Democrats are becoming more anti-semitic while pretending to be simply seeking balance in the treatment of the poor, besieged, occupied Palestinians.

Anti-semitism is on the march again. In the World and in the USA. And the Left is responsible for most of it.

Batya said...

True! Though sad to say.