If you read the Queens Jewish Link with any regularity, you will know that Warren Hecht and I – friends as we are – do not always see eye-to-eye on political matters. Let’s just say, I support most of the Trump agenda, while Warren… not so much.
But I give a full-throated “Yasher Koach” to Warren for his article (May 24 edition) titled “Daily Refuse.” In the article, Mr. Hecht refers to the horrifying front page headline of the Daily News, “Daddy’s Little Ghoul,” and very deservingly condemns the rag-like paper for calling Ivanka Trump a “ghoul” for smiling at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem as 55 were being “slaughtered” by Israel in Gaza.
Warren does an excellent job in exposing the absurd notion that Ivanka was taking pleasure in the killing of the Hamas terrorists, which was taking place many miles away. Of course, as Warren makes clear, these were not innocents led to the slaughter and shot. They were, for the most part, hardened terrorists whose stated goal was to breach the border fence and kill as many Israeli civilians as possible and “rip out their hearts,” speaking of ghouls.
It is clear that when it comes to the hatred of Donald Trump, otherwise sane people have lost their minds. Comedians cannot get enough lines out referring to any member of Mr. Trump’s family, including wife and children, in the crudest manner. Bloody figures of Trump’s severed head are gleefully displayed. Ivanka is referred to by another woman comedian in a most vulgar term. Late show hosts make fun of the First Lady’s accent (she is fluent in at least four more languages than that host). An Italian American movie actor drops the filthiest curse word on Trump during the Tony Awards, and on and on. The Daily News, which is usually supportive of Israel, loses itself when the topic is Donald Trump.
Warren concludes his very worthwhile article with, “I would hope this was an aberration. Nevertheless, the Daily News must understand that this conduct will not be tolerated.”
Here in Queens, I am glad to report that, hopefully, things will be a bit different. But we are counting on you
Of course, I’m with him on that. But let’s get real. Who is not going to tolerate such conduct? The organized Jewish community? That’s a laugh! The ADL? The Conference of Presidents? The JCRC? Puleeease! What have you heard from them regarding BDS on campus? Nary a word. Certainly no big noise. The ADL only gets excited if the Muslim community gets slighted in some perceived manner. They have forgotten that their purpose in being is to defend Jews.
How many organizations made a fuss over the principal of the Beacon School calling for a moment of silence for the terrorists killed in Gaza? Save the CJV and the ZOA, there was total silence. Was any disciplinary action taken against Ruth Lacey, the principal? Of course not! Jewish supervisors and some Jewish parents even backed her. I’m afraid if the Daily News wants to run with such a headline again, they will do so with impunity. Unless they touch a raw nerve of the Left.
The reality is, tragically, that Jewish political voices are mute or fade into oblivion when it comes to Jewish issues. The only exception that comes to mind is Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and he is retiring.
Here in Queens, I am glad to report that, hopefully, things will be a bit different. But we are counting on you. One of the driving forces against Israel is The New York Times and its ilk in the media. Make no mistake about it: Unfounded criticism of Israel in its struggle to keep alive as they fight the worst terrorists in the world is a boost for terrorism everywhere. The constant sympathy shown to Israel’s implacable enemies via slanted reporting and misleading photography causes irreparable harm to Israel and our own kids, as they enter the secular world about them. Because of Israel’s sensitivity to international criticism, countless soldiers of the IDF have lost their lives as they are reluctant to aggressively confront their enemies, as every other country on earth would do.
With this in mind, I urge you to join us on Wednesday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m., at a rally to protest The New York Times’ warped coverage of Israel. The rally will take place right here in Queens at The New York Times Printing Facility in College Point, alongside the Whitestone Expressway (Route 678) on the southbound side. The rally is being coordinated by The Queens Jewish Community Council in conjunction with selected politicians and agencies. As the date approaches, we will give you further logistical information. Please mark this important date on your calendar now.
On this one, I would love to see Warren Hecht proven right. Let’s make the Jewish community great again!
Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld is the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, former President of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens, and the Rabbinic Consultant for the Queens Jewish Link.