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Friday, February 2, 2018

Poland's Deplorable Part in the Holocaust

Nadene Goldfoot                                           
Poland just passed a "Polish Holocaust Law" in their attempt to cover up the historic truth of their deplorable behavior during the Holocaust from the late 30's to probably past 1945 when the war was over.  "The bill would outlaw blaming the Polish state or nation for crimes of the Holocaust committed in Poland."  

 Do they plan on outlawing history books?  How about the movie, The Pianist?  In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. 

Each country in Eastern Europe, particularly those in Catherine the Great's "Pale of Settlement," where she caused the Jews to be confined so as they couldn't live in "Russia proper,"to live, suffered in the hands of that country's government.  In my reading, I believe Ukraine was one of the worst.  Poland wasn't much better.
Warsaw Ghetto, roundup of Jews
From what I see, the citizens of Poland who were not Jews aided and abetted the Nazis in not only their hatred of Jews but their own survival, which is understandable.  They did it too well, though.  They were doing so much of the vileness going on in the killing of Jews.  They made it easier for these Nazis. Any who were not have been remembered in Israel as The Righteous Gentiles.  "Those recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations are honored in a section of Yad Vashem known as the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations."
                                        Pogrom attack in a home in Poland-Fiddler on Roof scene                       
Scene of pogrom results  in Fiddler on the Roof
leaving for the USA or Palestine-to be Israel in 1948
  Jews were under strict laws and the Russian Gentiles would take out their cruelty on them with occasional Pogroms, one of which broke the legs of my teen-aged grandmother.  Americans might remember such things in "Fiddler on the Roof."  Though many Jews did immigrate from Poland during the late 1800's and early 1900's, many remained and were caught in the Holocaust.  Luckily for me, my grandmother and her sisters and brothers were one of the immigrants.  Her town of Lazdijai in Suwalki  had once been part of Lithuania, but in the fighting before the Holocaust era, it had fallen into Poland's hands as it was close to their border.  She and her family had previously gone through famines and that was topped with a great amount of anti-Semitism.

Before Poland passed this law, they had promised to meet with Israeli officials with a discussion, but broke that promise, so Israel is considering the recall of their ambassador.  The bill would outlaw blaming the Polish state or nation for crimes of the Holocaust committed in Poland." Do they think they can whitewash history that is filled with all sorts of documentation of their citizen's acts?  I hold one of the books that tells all about it.  It's The Holocaust" a history of the Jews of Europe during the 2nd World War by Martin Gilbert.  

Poland at the end of WWI was established as independent from Russia or anyone else and the economic position of Jews there deteriorated as a Polish middle-class pushed them out of trade, handicrafts and industry through anti-Semitism.  In 1938, the eve of the Holocaust, 300,000 Jewish men were unemployed and were emigrating on a large scale.  395,223 Jews left Poland from 1921 to 1937.  By 1939, Poland had over 3 million Jews.
Jews Rounded up and taken to Auschwitz
Nazi occupation took over and immediately set up ghettos in Warsaw, Lodz, Bialystok and other places but were a prelude to being turned into Concentration Camps and gas chambers.  Jews were brought to Poland from other parts of Europe for the gas chambers of death or the killing fields.

No one can forget the horrors that happened in Warsaw, Poland. In the beginning in 1941,  Jews were rounded up in a ghetto, and Jews suffered from starvation during a cold winter.  Children were freezing literally to death.  They stood in the streets with bare feet, knees and in torn clothing suffering.  A witness to this was Mr. Ringelblum who wrote that 70 children were found frozen to death on the steps of ruined houses.(p. 232).
Slaughter of Jews in fields, taking too long. Concentration camps were to become murder camps
For the Nazis had put the word out that they wanted to "eliminate a source of moral and physical pestilence (the Jews of Europe).  They were out do a "total cleansing," so in 1942 on July 21, the Germans seized 60 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto including 3 Jewish Council members while other Jews were shot outright in the streets or even in their homes.  The next day, the Polish railwayman, Franciszek Zabecki remembered about the train service from Warsaw to Treblinka with Jews they called "settlers."  The Poles swallowed the lie of them being "settlers."  They were of course going to their deaths.(p. 388).
Humiliation of Polish Jews by a Pole
as other Poles look on to enjoy the moment
Eight Jews who managed to leave the ghetto without permission on November 17th were given the death sentence.  They were caught in their search for food in the Aryan part of Warsaw.  Another witness, Kaplan, told how it was the Jewish police who were ordered to tie their hands and cover their eyes.  Two of those caught refused the eye covers.  The execution squad were Polish policemen who "wept bitterly" after shooting these 8.  SS officers attended the shooting.  So did Jakub Lejkin, a Jewish policeman who had dragged them from their cells.  We evidently had a few Jews involved who were totally crazy to have complied in such a dastardly act; not much of a Jew at all.

At the same time, Jews of Vilna, Lithuania were being deported by the thousands and tens of thousands and were being killed; children and women.  The Warsaw Ghetto incident was so shocking that those outside of it had sent word to Vilna to be warned.  It was too late.
Site of mass grave in Poland,
Anti-Jewish violence here after liberation!
It was Jews who was buried after mass killings in fields!
"40 miles NE of Warsaw in the gravel pits, the Germans set up a labour camp near the tiny rural station of Treblinka."  Those Jews of my era have all heard of Treblinka.  By 1942, it was a death camp.  So was Auschwitz.  The Nazis were in a rush to kill Jews and Treblinka along with other death camps were the centers to wipe ot  many hundreds of Jewish communities.  Chelmno was one of the smaller death camps in which 360,000 Jews were killed within a year.  A 5th camp was set up called Birkenau near Auschwitz  where Polish prisoners suffered cruel torments.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Poland itself was home to the following 4 main  Concentration Camps:
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland. The most famous and largest of all Nazi camps because of its size and the large number of lives lost within the walls of this death camp.
  • Belzec, Poland. ...
  • Chelmno, Poland. ...
  • Gross-Rosen, Poland.
Jews had lived in Poland since the 9th century, in the 800's.  We don't know for sure if they had immigrated there from Germany or Bohemia or from the kingdom of Kiev and the Byzantine Empire, but they were apparently  also coming in from Khazaria as well.  They were traders who in the Dark Ages had helped to open up the area to civilization.  They received their first charter in 905.  Jews, in order to live, were of a different religion, so they needed a charter.  The land suffered from Tartar invasions in 1240's that utterly devastated Poland.  To restore their economy, Polish kings had encouraged merchants from Germany to settle, and they were followed by the Jews.  This brought in Jews who settled to White Russia and Little Poland and to Lithuania in 1388/89.
A wedding in Poland 1893-painting of shtetl by Isaac Ashkenaziy
In a very Catholic country, Jews were prospering in economics, especially in Warsaw and Lodz and held key positions in foreign trade, timber, grain and metal trades.  By the end of the 19th century, Polish anti- Semites supported their clergy, and then the press launched a campaign against Jews.  The great majority of political groups joined them and by 1881 there was a large pogrom in Warsaw.

What happened?  At this point, Zionism took hold of the Jews who were praying 3 times a day anyway for the return to Zion (Jerusalem).  This was something they had been doing since 70 CE when their capital had been burned down by the Romans and their ancestors were taken as slaves or if luckier, had to flee from Roman soldiers.  This was also a period of vast immigration of Polish Jews to the USA.  WWI's end in 1917 had caused talks with Jewish leaders and European leaders through  the League of Nations in the creation of a Jewish Homeland out of the Ottoman Empire's 400 year old hold on "Palestine, a name given to land by the Romans in 132 in their anger at a Jewish uprising by General (Aluf) Bar Kokhba in which Bar Kokhba reheld Jerusalem for 3 years, giving the Romans a fight they hadn't had for some time.
City where so many Jews met a horrible death
From July 22 until September 12, 1942, German SS and police units, assisted by auxiliaries, carried out mass deportations from the Warsaw ghetto to the Treblinka killing center. During this period, the Germans deported about 265,000 Jews from Warsaw to Treblinka; they killed approximately 35,000 Jews inside the ghetto during the operation after so many had starved to death.
In response to this outrageous Polish Law, Israel is taking steps. 
"61 Knesset members from the coalition and opposition, outlined new legislation that would make denying the Holocaust or diminishing the role of Nazi collaborators a criminal offense under Israeli law."  

“The Polish attempts to rewrite history and to shut Holocaust survivors’ mouths is audacious, shocking and despicable. We will not allow the collaborators to hide behind the Nazis and deny their historic responsibility,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Knesset member Itzik Shmuly of the Zionist Union, one of the co-sponsors of the new law, as saying."

Even after the Holocaust, Poles kept on killing Jews.  No Nazi was there prodding them on.  The climax of pot-war killings came on July 4, 1946.  Three days earlier, an 8 year old Polish boy fromKielce, disappeared from him home but 2 days later he returned, claiming that he had been kept in a cellar by 2 Jews who wanted to kill him.  The truth was that he had stayed in a friend's home in a nearby village.  The friend told him what excuse to give. to his parents.  42 Jews were killed in one day as a result of that lie.  Almost all the Jews who were in one building were shot, stoned to death or killed with axes and blunt instruments.  In Kielce itself, Jews were murdered in their homes or dragged into streets and killed by the mob.  2 were little children.  4 were teenagers on their way to Palestine.  3 were officers in the Polish army.  7 were unnamed, unable to be identified, one was known to be a survivor of Birkenau because of his tattoo on his arm; B2969.
After this final pogrom, half of the Jews who had survived left Poland for Palestine, Western Europe, Britain, USA, Latin America and Australia.  I'm just amazed that there were Polish Jews who had survived the Holocaust.  Imagine doing that, living through such a horror only to come home and be slaughtered in another Pogrom of your ancestors.

Resource: The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia :  Poland  on Poland
THE HOLOCAUST, by Martin Gilbert, copyright 1985, 959 pages.
Movies about Warsaw alone: The Pianist, picture

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Governors Committing to Israel and Against BDS

Nadene Goldfoot                                            
Portland, Oregon has been fighting against the BDS movement against Israel. This stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.  The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

The truth of the matter is that Israel is not oppressing the Palestinians.  In fact, they have done the very opposite, only to be viciously attacked by them since 1948 when Israel announced their statehood, as complying with the League of Nations in 1920 as well as the United Nations in 1947.

This group of Arabs, whose grandparents  used to call themselves Syrian Arabs, have been used as pawns by the leaders of other newly-formed and old Middle East Nations surrounding Israel.  They've been led by the terrorist, Arafat of Egypt, and now Abbas who has taken over since his death.  If anyone is oppressed it is these Arabs by Abbas, not by Israel, for he governs them, and does it very poorly.

Major wars broke out 5 minutes after Israel announced their independence from the mandate of Great Britain, whose 30 years of time was up.  Without even uniforms or an army, Israelis defended themselves as it was life and death for them with the Arabs chanting to drive them into the sea.  Following wars occurred in 1956 and then the big one in 1973.

 Countries who couldn't whip Israel and drive her into the sea have come up with this act to cripple Israel financially, which would even hurt her ability to pay her debts back to the USA besides harming herself.

Israel has been a country that has been most creative in developing businesses in order to support themselves.  Their biggest expense has been on defensive weapons bought from the USA.  Their own people, men and women, serve in the army called the IDF (Israel Defense Force).  The USA has not had to fight for them.  Now half of our states, by ignoring a request to join the movement AGAINST  this crippling force field are in truth  denying them the right to support themselves and not be a burden on anyone,  The money for defense, on the other hand, must all be spent in the USA in order to support their economy.

Anyone who has studied Israel's past and present history knows that this tiny country of only 6 million Jews and 1.7 million Arabs have not oppressed the Palestinian Arabs, but themselves have suffered and lost lives because of their histrionics used in the attempt to destroy Israel.

Oregon's governor is the 27th to sign on and be against BDS.  She's also running again on her Democratic ticket.

This means that 28  states have signed on to be against BDS as of this writing.  The District of Columbia where Washington DC sit has signed and is against BDS.   There are 22 more that could sign and join them against this most unfair act.  They are:

Robert BentleyRepublicanJanuary 17 20112019 (term limits)
Bill WalkerIndependentDecember 1 20142018
Jerry BrownDemocraticJanuary 3 20112019 (term limits
John HickenlooperDemocraticJanuary 11 20112019 (term limits)
Jack MarkellDemocraticJanuary 20 20092017 (term limits)
David IgeDemocraticDecember 1 20142018
Butch OtterRepublicanJanuary 1 20072019 (retiring)
John Bel EdwardsDemocraticJanuary 11 20162020
Rick SnyderRepublicanJanuary 1 20112019 (term limits)
Phil BryantRepublicanJanuary 10 20122020 (term limits)
Steve BullockDemocraticJanuary 7 20132017
New Mexico
Susana MartinezRepublicanJanuary 1 20112019 (term limits)
North Dakota
Jack DalrympleRepublicanDecember 7 20102017 (retiring)
Rhode Island
Gina RaimondoDemocraticJanuary 6 20152019
South Carolina
Nikki HaleyRepublicanJanuary 12 20112019 (term limits
South Dakota
Dennis DaugaardRepublicanJanuary 8 20112019 (term limits)
Bill HaslamRepublicanJanuary 15 20112019 (term limits)
Peter ShumlinDemocraticJanuary 6 20112017 (retiring)
Terry McAuliffeDemocraticJanuary 11 20142018 (term limits)
Jay InsleeDemocraticJanuary 16 20132017
West Virginia
Earl Ray TomblinDemocraticNovember 15 20102017 (term limits)
Matt MeadRepublicanJanuary 3 20112019 (term limits)

10 Republicans and 12 Democrats have not signed as yet.  Let's hope it's just an oversight. I'll be watching and praying that this letter gets into the mail, quickly.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Incomprehensible Moves Against Israel Including BDS Movement

Nadene Goldfoot                                              
Holding inaccurate facts that Israel is Apartheid. 
Any idea seems to go to Boycott, Divest and hold
Sanctions against Israel. Racist? 
 Israelis are made up from a multiple of nations, and include Blacks, 
Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sephardics, Ashkenazis, Mizrachis,
 lost tribes, 
 with Muslims in Knesset. It's a little melting pot 
made up of 8,000 sq. miles.  

Haneen ZoabiHaneen ZouabiBalad
Joint List
181920Sunni Muslim.[3] First Arab woman elected to the Knesset on an Arab party's list.

The BDS movement against Israel, started by Palestinians, as explained next,  by a few United States groups is incomprehensible.  Israel is their only ally and only democratic state in the Middle East.  That these groups think only they know what Israel's leaders should be acting on to best serve their population is ludicrous.  So far, Israel has managed to protect their people and advance enough to help other nations, especially the United States, in their defense against jihadic terrorists that attack to kill .  

"The campaign is organised and coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.  The campaign was started on 9 July 2005 by over 170 Palestinian non-governmental organizations in support of the Palestinian cause for boycottdivestment and international sanctions against Israel. Citing a body of UN resolutions and specifically echoing the anti-apartheid campaigns against white minority rule in apartheid era South Africathe BDS campaign called for "various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law"" and they should have said THEIR law, as international law says otherwise.  

Since the end of WWI, Israel has been treated as rotten as mankind can get.  " The Balfour Declaration was a letter dated 2 November 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland."  In it they promised that they would be for and would help create the Jewish Homeland, something much needed after 2,000 years of persecution and at best, inhospitable acts  by Christian nations.   Chaim Weizmann, chemist, had helped England by his creation of a better ammunition of which without it, they may have lost the war to the Axis of the German group.  The "Balfour Declaration" was later incorporated into both the Sèvres peace treaty with the Ottoman Empire, and the Mandate for Palestine. The original document is kept at the British Library.  The shocking fact is that the Jewish National Home was to be created within the first 10 years. Jews had to wait out the 30 mandatory years, instead.    
Allenby and Emir Feisal
Damascus, October 3, 1918
Feisal became king of Iraq
until 1933 at death.
Yasser Arafat, leader of PLO.  It was the Arab League who created the Palestine
Liberation Organization in Cairo in 1964 as a weapon against Israel.

The PLO Covenant against Israel, Article 20, says the Balfour Declaration and everything based upon them are deemed null and void.  The claim of historical or religious ties between Jews and Palestine does not tally with historical realities, nor with the constituents of statehood in their true sense.  Judaism, in its character as a religion, is not a nationality with an independent existence.  Likewise, the Jews are not one people with an independent identity.  They are rather citizens of the states to which they belong"  

Very black and white in their  lopsided thinking, is how I see them.  The Palestinians, backed by all the Arab nations, have never been willing to make peace.  Now, we do have peace with Jordan and Egypt.  All 3 countries  face an even worse enemy, ISIS, and need to stand together against this evil force.  

The British issued their WHITE PAPER in 1939.  It rejected the idea of the creation of a Jewish state and the idea of partitioning Palestine. It also limited Jewish immigration to 75,000 for 5 years, and ruled that further immigration was to be determined by the Arab majority (section II). Restrictions were put on the rights of Jews to buy land from Arabs (section III). Further, it promised that only with Palestinian support would Britain allow a Jewish state. This greatly upset Zionists because of the increasing persecution of Jews in Europe at the onset of World War II, particularly in Germany. (See Persecution of Jews)[citation needed]
Husseini and Hitler 1941
Husseini and other head  Nazis 

The policy was accepted by Amin al-Husseini of the Arab Higher Committee.  He was the worst enemy Israel has had.  He's the one who started all the riots in Jerusalem, called the Sherif of Jerusalem.  He was the antagonist against Emir Feisal, who was for Jews re-entering their own land.    Zionist groups in Palestine immediately rejected the White Paper
Exodus, 1947, kept from unloading Jewish refugees into Palestine,
their Promised Land.

So what happened? The English mandated personnel kept out Jews from entering Palestine during the uprising of the Nazis in Germany and at a time Jews needed a Jewish Homeland like never before, were turned away, the beginnings of WWII.    Those who managed to enter had to do it secretly like thieves in the night, a land that their forefathers had for over 3,000 years, filled with the bones of their forefathers.  "Exodus 1947 was a ship that carried Jewish emigrants from France to British Mandatory Palestine on July 11, 1947. Most of the emigrants were Holocaust survivors who had no legal immigration certificates for Palestine. Following wide media coverage, the British Royal Navy seized the ship and deported all its passengers back to Europe." Their future ended with their murder there.  

After the 30 years of waiting through the British mandate, Jews finally announced their state's birth of May 14, 1948, and were met with shooting, the war of Independence that lasted from  November 29, 1947, started by the Arabs who refused to accept the UN partition resolution, to 1949.  This started with Israel's population of 650,000, and the armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and a Saudi-Arabian contingent invaded their 5 minute old country.  
Moshe Dayan, The Sinai War of 1956
Moshe Dayan, 1973 Yom Kippur War

1967 War, finally can visit
Western "Wailing" Wall
since 1947

Let's not forget the follow-up wars that showed there was no kindness or peace in the hearts of Israel's neighbors: The Sinai War from 29 October to 5 November 1956; The Six-Day War from 5 to 11 June 1967; The War of Attrition from 1968 to 7-8 August 1970, The War of 1973 Yom Kippur War, attacking on the day the population was in synagogues,  praying  to G-d for forgiveness of their sins against HIM,  the attacks of the PLO which brought on the 1982 war in Lebanon of which I was involved in; the following Intifadas, riots, and Hamas sniping at southern Israel for years.  
During Israel's total of 67 years of existence now, they have never known real peace, and to everyone's consternation, have managed to be most successful in developing their land and offering their creations to the world.  Yet, we now see a slipping back into history that is more like the horrid 1930s in Germany, a despising of Jews again, with the development of BDS.

Now, which sounds like a page out of the bible, a description of the END OF DAYS, in the
North:  Hezbollah terrorists backed by Iran sit in Lebanon with 150,000 rockets and missiles. They're 2nd to al-Qaida in killing more Americans than other terrorists, and have their artillery placed in civilian towns with human shields; which is the way Palestinians also attacked and defended themselves.  

Tunnels to use in terror attacks
Hamas hides behind masks

South:  Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza  have re-armed weapons caches and have rebuilt terror tunnels.  Hamas hires more than 1,000 diggers and has diverted cement and lumber coming in for civilian reconstruction to fortify their attack tunnels.  This is what we thought they would do with the materials and why they had to stop fleets of ships for inspections who are part of the BDS intelligencia.  

East:  Iran, country who has threatened all of Israel and its people, who is getting ready for the one and only needed atomic bomb on Israel with their testing of long-range missiles that will carry nuclear warheads.  They have flown over US naval vessels in the Persian Gulf.  They awarded medals of conquest to naval commanders  who illegally detained 10 US soldiers.  They are supporting terrorism for the end result of destabilizing the whole region of the Middle East, and most likely will use their $100 billion in sanctions relief for the nuclear deal to this end.  
Tell me what other country on this planet faces the dangers that Israel faces daily on its borders.  Then Israel has to cope with BDS from their allies;  SOME ALLIES!  

One of the propositions that BDS people hold against Israel is the Rachel Corrie incident on March 16, 2003  of a young American  from Washington  who went over to Israel with the purpose of interfering with the army bull-dozing terrorist homes as a punishment in Gaza.  She was from the International Solidarity Movement., a pro-Palestinian group from the get-go.  She was a willing pawn, used in the attacks against Israel.  She had decided in her heart that Israel was bad and the Arabs were good, shown by her actions.   "According to the Israeli authorities the demolitions were carried out to eliminate weapons smuggling tunnels."   It was a horrible accident and not the soldier's fault that an American stood in front of him while he was doing his job.  None of the Palestinians were as foolish to do such a thing as stand in front of a bulldozer in use.  It's like standing in front of a train.  It's suicide, and that's what happened.  Israel had reason to be doing the razing of homes as an act against terrorists.  She was not even an Israeli-yet her group from which she came thought they had all the answers.  Such naivety!  You know that the Arab nations would just shoot to kill anyone breaking their laws both of terrorizing them and interfering with their punishment.   
Israel population density

All this is said to be the future for Israel, and some people can't abide the Jews they have replaced  in G-d's world and have instead, put Jews in  a 2nd class distinction along with many Muslim's view of Jews.   So they have taken up arms against Israel by the BDS movement.  I must say that this is very nice of them not to use live ammunition out of rifles or missiles, but they are fighting against Israel for reasons that are completely misconstrued.  If they had any heart and love as they profess to be the only ones with such souls, they would have the minds to understand what's been going on and against Israel.  All their energy is coming from pre-conceived ideas and false information and the inability to add 2 + 2.  In an international meeting of Presbyterians, they vote to use BDS, and this is taken up as the lead move by the rest of the world, including Portland State U, who are hell bent on doing this, an act that could be calling on a suit in the courts.  However, the Methodists were much wiser and are not joining in.  
This outrageous movement against Jews, as Israel is a Jewish refuge is dangerous to both the USA and Israel.  This is an economic warfare against the only Jewish state in the world as well as being an economic deficit to the American businesses being withheld from their buyers.  It harms both.  Europe is in the act by forming new labeling guidelines for some Israeli products.  Of course the aim is to pressure Israel into "unilateral concessions" outside any boundary on any peace negotiation.  
The actors want to punish Israel by delegitimizing and isolating her which makes Israel more vulnerable to her every-day security challenges.  They help to create a false belief and give impetus to the idea that Palestinian authority leaders can get what they want while avoiding direct talks with Israel.  This makes peace almost impossible to achieve.   

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee, letter from Washington, DC., Brian Shankman, Director