I haven’t had a submission from Ari Bussel is some time. Ari is highly involved in the Jewish community in Beverly Hills, CA. He is also a very Pro-Israel supporter which makes him Aces in my book.
Here Ari addresses the rioting and looting in his Beverly Hills community with a very positive supportive message for ALL First Responders but especially for the police who risk their lives for law and order. For Ari to place these thoughts for reading you have to realize or at least it is my opinion, he might become a target for those BLM and Antifa types more concerned about a Marxist agenda then actual racial so-called social Justice.
Ari submitted all the photos of which I tried to use most but not all (the above photo from the Blog Editor).
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A Slice of Pizza
By Ari Bussel
Sent 7/2/2020 11:18 AM
A group of not-so-young-any-more, quite-well-to-do and likely composed of mostly White Caucasian males started an initiative of bringing pizzas to their local police departments.
A person I know called and told me about this national initiative. I burst out laughing, exclaiming: We are already doing that!
There are many things of which to be proud of Beverly Hills, with the exception of the handling of the recent the riots. One is that throughout the decades, whenever a party ends, it is a tradition to bring trays and trays of food to our local police and fire departments, each to his or her choosing.
Second, when we say that the Police, Fire and Schools are the three pillars of our community, we mean exactly that. Things at times may be chaotic, even tense, but the noise, emotions and personal involvement indicate precisely how much we care about each of these pillars. We know that we will remain living together, so any momentary disagreements eventually fade away.
The police does pancake breakfasts for us. We can be lucky enough to be invited to the fire station and be treated to a dinner with the firefighters. The two departments, although competing with one another for our attention and overall prestige, are part and parcel of our City, and they always cooperate. Just a few weeks ago our former Chief of Police Dave Snowden made a special trip to personally deliver items for an auction for the Fire Department (the Chief’s wife works for the organizers of the auction – but it was a nice touch nonetheless).
On the professional side, the two departments cooperate also in regard to promotions and evaluation of potential candidates. In short, there is a competitive spirit, but one that can be found between two brothers, each striving to excel in his own right and field.
None of what I described thus far would sound newsworthy to a Beverly Hills local. Except, anyone who dares say anything remotely positive about the police nowadays is immediately titled “a Racist” who must be shunned and punished – just for daring. The Chutzpah!
The younger crowd – those who ignored the Virus and went out without masks and with careless disregard to physical distancing (to protect themselves and others) – is especially vocal when it comes to the police. Apparently, an employee at Starbucks at the corner of Wilshire and Little Santa Monica had asked/ordered our Finest to leave as soon as they received their order, since they apparently “were making some of the customers uncomfortable!” Anything is permissible now, much like it was a common scene to see a well-dressed Jew scrubbing the street or being ridiculed in public in Germany in the 1930s.
The young generation is so enraged by BLM, that it will pass a person lying on the street and will not slow down or stop to check if the person (irrespective of the skin color) is alive and might need help. They are so sensitive about the plight of “the other” that homeless people are just garbage for them: not even a blink, simply ignore and continue.
The demonstrators are so eager to topple down monuments and deface and destroy the past, they are so blinded by hate (which they supposedly demonstrate to eradicate), that they do not realize the error of their ways. At the corner of Beverly Blvd and Fairfax, they defaced with graffiti the statue of one Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Only a handful of the Survivors are still alive, and they are signed “He Saved Our Faith in Humanity, the Survivors.”
The rioters on that Saturday when it all started did not know who Raoul Wallenberg was, nor did they care. Destruction was the right thing to do! They enjoy the freedom of anarchy, and no one should dare impede their enjoyment. Loot, throw rocks or bottles, vandalize, spray paint graffiti, destroy, set on fire and other like actions – in complete disregard to life and property – are their right, for doing so makes them feel better with themselves.
Clearly, not all of them are like that. No, they are not. But their passion and actions are misguided and void of real meaning; their naiveté is most dangerous. They are used to immediate gratification: Signing a petition for them is “action.” They have no patience: Reading a tweet is the sum total of their attention span (an article of this length will not be read, and pictures are a must). Someone has to provide them free university education and forgive their loans. They may not agree to any type of work, for their time is too valuable, their effort must be properly rewarded.
If they break curfew or block the right of way of others, there must be no consequence. Since they can do no wrong, the other must kneel and ask forgiveness. Most egregiously, they know neither geography (where are Mexico and Canada relative to the United States) nor history. So they go to fight for something just because it “sounds” good (fighting for social justice) or make them feel good. Likewise tell them “Israel is Apartheid,” and “Apartheid” sounds evil enough, so Israel must be evil, satanic. Do not let facts or reality confuse you. Follow the soothing sound of propaganda, lies and brainwashing.
We need our police, because for all the defenders of the First Amendment, wait until the rioters and looters reach your place of business (Rodeo Drive anyone?) or home (in the Flats). Then one witnesses “Not in My Front Yard” in all its glory. The looters’ and rioters’ “right” suddenly reduces to its true proportion (they have no such right under any pretense of “peaceful – yet illegal – protests”), and all my super-liberal friends and neighbors need the police to be there, to do its job!
More Beverly Hills Rioting and Looting:
Something most interesting happened after the riots, when demands were made to “defund” and “dismantle” the police. A friend and her family made care packages and delivered to the local Sheriff’s station. Another friend called to ask if he should bring pizzas to the Beverly Hills police. And yet another one sent a mass e-mail and people found the courage to respond.
Ellie and Dr. Pablo Nankin wrote:
Dear Beverly Hills Police department.
We want to thank you for all you have done for us and continue to do.
We are with you.
People were encouraged. They realized they are not alone. Suddenly there was a safe haven, as the world around them seemed to be collapsing, melting. They found the inner courage to stand up, one at a time, and respond: We love and appreciate you. Our support has not changed because of the riots. You are part and parcel of us. You serve us for decades (many police officers have been here for five, ten, fifteen and more years). You run into danger when we disperse, often at a great risk to your lives. You leave your families and stay here to serve the other, often people you do not even know.
Thus, the “Slice of Pizza” initiative has already begun in Beverly Hills, and no one had to call us to suggest it. In this respect, we are indeed a trendsetter, simply because we really care.
A friend is measured at a time of need, and we – individually and as a community – are true, forever friends of our brothers and sisters in uniform. We may not like it when they ticket us, we may have misgivings about their response or behavior in a particular incident, and we are never shy to express our opinions and feelings. This is what a family does. And, quietly, when we are alone, we admit to ourselves that we are most grateful to be living in Beverly Hills, where we have our Police, Fire and Schools.
During our radio program, my colleague Norma Zager urged all parents to take the time and speak with their children, especially now. For if the current attempt to brainwash and silence us succeeds, the kids of today have no future. It is thus our responsibility, and education starts at home.
Let us sit with our kids and explain to them what is happening, all the mayhem and anarchy, separate lies from truth and guide them to have the courage to do the right thing, to stand on the right side of history. When your friend is being bullied, when your friend is down and everyone is standing around and ridiculing him, you must find the courage from within to stand by his side and help him up. Protect him. Support him. Do not assume he knows you are on his side. Teach that lesson to your children, and they will be better human beings.
As we are about to celebrate our Independence Day, let us highlight to our kids and to ourselves all the great things in this great country of ours, the U S of A! Let us focus on our history, present and future and remember that we are a light unto the nations, a beacon of light against the darkness setting around us and a barrier against the storm hell-bent on destroying our way of life.
Start by two small steps: talk to your children and express your gratitude to our police (and first responders). Be grateful toward the other in a tangible, meaningful way, for if we do not stand up and take a position, we are doomed to fail. Translate your convictions and courage to action. There is so much to protect and to celebrate!
TEACH THE CHILDREN:
Students from Israel visiting the BHPD
Edited by John R. Houk
© Ari Bussel
Ari Bussel Bio via BeverlyHills.org
Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.
Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.
Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as … READ THE REST