Where is Irv Rubin When You Need Him?
Recently, while transferring some of my past television shows (Wow! It's Arlene Peck!) from tape to DVD's I had a chance to review some I had done with Irv Rubin. For those of you who don't know who he is, Irv was the Director of the Jewish Defense League, which was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane who was also murdered. I knew both of these men well and it's ironic how in those days the words of both men which were considered 'radical' and 'crazy' have become mainstream thinking today.
I remember Rabbi Kahane telling me repeatedly how "We Jews are the only ones stupid enough to give our enemies the ability to vote. Tell me? Which Arab country would Jews be allowed to visit, much less vote. They aren't going to beat us with bullets, but with ballots!"
Irv was another story. Although he didn't have the same charisma as Kahane, he was a powerful force. I have no doubts that he was killed in prison on his way to arraignment. The official story of suicide was ludicrous. Knowing Irv as I did, there is no way he would have killed himself. Especially, after waiting a year in jail for his case to come up. The reason I mention this now is because there is a terrible void of the kind of 'rabble rousing' that these men represented that is needed in the Jewish state.
Leaders come and go, (usually the same half dozen) and ten minutes in office capsulate to the demands and whims of our State department. Most of which officials, I believe, to be firmly in the pocket of the various Arab countries that they once represented. Israel is not a banana republic yet is treated like one. Unfortunately, most times its leaders respond as such, which doesn't help the situation. Instead of opening the jails and tearing down the fence, they might want to show a little backbone. Any other country would, at this point in time, bombing the hell out of the Palestinian Authority. Yet, the current logic is, "Let's tear down the fence so Arafat can go bomb another bus and we can keep the guys in Hague happy."
Aside from the lack of leadership, where are the public relations from the Israeli government that they are in sorely needed? Far too often, I see issues being buried under 'quite diplomacy', which should be shouted from the rooftops. Stories, which should be placed in the national newspapers totally ignored by the local consulates. If necessary, full-page ads should be taken out on a regular basis to get the point across.
A case in point is Walid Shoebat who was recently a guest on my television show. He was once a former PLO terrorist who is now a strong supporter for Israel. Under great danger to himself, he is speaking out about the violent culture, which he was raised under. A week or two before the taping, I called the Consul General, Yuval Rotan's office to invite him, or a representative to appear on the show. As usual, I was rebuffed. I then contacted the Press Office to see if they would like to send someone to the studio to go on with him. Nobody was interested. What are those people doing over there?
Incidentally, I contacted the good people at Jerusalem Front Page, a Christian Broadcasting station with over a hundred outlets and they jumped right on it. He was even invited to North Carolina to attend the Christian Coalition meeting.
When speakers like he or Daniel Pipes, Tovia Singer, or most any controversial person, who happens to be Jewish are booked to speak at a University, the Arabs are there in full force. They intimidate. They threaten.
When I was in Israel reporting, I went to that bastion of Arab anti-Semitism, in Jerusalem, Orient House where the press seemed to like to gather and have drinks in the evening. The Arabs were out in full force socializing with the members of the press. Maybe it's time for the Israeli Consul to do a little of their own promoting.
"Anti-Zionist" Film festivals are becoming the norm at our universities and the students are being taught regularly about the "siege and occupation" of Israel by the Jews. Anti-Semitism is running rampant at our schools. What is being done to combat it? The Irv Rubin that I remember would have been outside with a bullhorn reminding these planned "demonstrators" that they were not allowed to do all that they are getting away with today. He took his own "troops" to Idaho to confront the Nazis. Where are the backups to combat these Arabs who are out there at our universities masquerading as students?
Like the hijacking and "suicide" bombings this violent culture has besieged upon the world, they have been very effective. So, now the unthinkable, anti-Semitism, is given full reign and nobody is there to combat them. . Maybe the Israeli consulate should be doing less 'plaque taking" and a little more of the basic public relations? We need someone around to remind the world, "Never again!"
Posted February 23, 2004
Religion and History
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