Let Us Rejoice


Those who read my blog posts are aware that I consider Beijing Joe Biden’s acquisition of residence in the White House the result of a nefarious election coup committed by the Democratic Party (which usually refer as Dem-Marxists) and an unholy collusion of RINOs desiring to depose President Trump.

So I am a bit surprised that Beijing Biden has actually a great person Deborah Lipstadt to the Ambassadorial position of U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Her best claim to fame was winning a 5-year civil suit against Holocaust Denier David Irving in 2000 in the UK.

Professor Deborah Lipstadt – Emory.edu photo

I don’t know much about Lipstadt other than her defense for truth. I pray her leanings are not Left-Wing, but if they are, at least she can be counted on to battle another growing generation of Jew-Haters beginning to show their ugly heads in public.

Ari Bussel shares about Lipstadt and Ambassador-level post designed to combat Antisemitism.

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Let Us Rejoice

By Ari Bussel

Sent 7/31/2021 11:38 PM

Ever since the departure of Elan Carr and his team from the State Department, even prior to the end of President Trump’s term, I had a wish, that President Biden would nominate Professor Deborah Lipstadt to the job.

I realize of course that it is the Secretary of State who will be the Special Envoy’s boss, and that an actual confirmation will be necessary, as the position was uplifted to an Ambassador’s rank, but much like the case of Carr, this position originates with the President.

Professor Lipstadt was not only the natural choice, she is the best candidate to serve as the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.  It was so obvious to me, that when the President visited Emory University, I wrote Prof. Lipstadt asking her is she is ready (for an announcement) on that most special day.  It was not to be on that day, but a short few months later.

Before the appointment of Carr, the position was vacant for a long time, until the Adelsons introduced Carr as their candidate for the job (they previously supported his failed run against Ted Lieu for the Congressional seat).  We should all be grateful to President Biden for placing this appointment on his priority list and for acting on it.

The job is immensely important, not only to us – the Jewish People – but to all people.  History, Six Million Jews (of whom about 1.5 million were children) and most of my family that perished in the Holocaust taught us what happens when good people do not speak and act against evil.  We vowed Never Again.

So first, we celebrate the nominee.  Second, we are grateful for the importance shown to the subject matter by the timing of the appointment. 

Professor Lipstadt is a common household name today, due to a movie depicting her struggle and triumph, court tribulation and vindication when she was wrongly sued for liable in the UK and had to prove that the Holocaust did happen.  A person who fought against all odds will forever be dedicated to the cause.

Professor Lipstadt is the most known brand name in the field of fighting Antisemitism.  When Yair Lapid, Israel’s current Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, commented about “Antisemites from the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement,” he said as part of the same sentence “that Deborah Lipstadt and many others – including me – dedicate time and effort to combat its corrupt, deviant and evil positions.”  Professor Lipstadt brand (or name or just being) is synonymous with fighting Antisemitism in all its modern-day forms and manifestations.

Professor Lipstadt was not chosen because she will target only white extremists, nor was she chosen to be a mouthpiece of the radical left that is threatening the Democratic Party as we once knew it.  Professor Lipstadt is an independent thinker, encourages her students (I was one of them, some three and a half decades ago) to use their common sense, knowledge and training, and will do the same herself.  She will unite us in purpose and unwavering resolve.

If anything, Professor Lipstadt’s nomination is based on merit, which she earned over the decades.  She is the expert in the field, and she uniquely combines a classroom theory with real-life experience.  A few years ago she appeared at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture-Lunch at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (an annual event by Dr. Joel Geiderman), before hundreds of doctors, nurses, staff and a few Survivors who were still alive.  As she did in the classroom, she mesmerized all attendees with her knowledge, clarity of thought and expression, dedication and experience. In a way, she is Professor-Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and unlike Justice Coney Barrett’s confirmation, maybe Professor Lipstadt will receive a better, apolitical treatment by Democrats and Republicans alike.

If there is one thing that is generally accepted by Jews – who are otherwise divided on anything and everything – it is that Antisemitism is on the rise.  President Biden is giving us a gift, in the form of Professor – soon to be Ambassador – Lipstadt to the job.  We should be most grateful for that.

Israel just went through a process similar to the last Presidential election in the US:  After more than 12 years in office, Prime Minister Netanyahu was ousted in the fourth election in less than two years.  Prime Minister Bennett’s current coalition government’s oldest minister is Dr. Nachman Shai, who recently spent a sabbatical at Emory University and met Professor Lipstadt.


Minister of Diaspora Affairs Shai is tasked with regaining the hearts and minds of American Jews who seem to have drifted away from Israel.  Based on my friendship with him for the past 13 years, I know he is the best person for the job.  Likewise, I remember Professor Lipstadt when I was a graduating senior at UCLA, one of several hundred students in her class.  That was before she became famous.  We kept in touch over the decades, and there is no doubt in my mind she is the best person for the job.  Both are uniquely qualified to unite us in purpose, as the Prophet Ezekiel said (37:19), making us one:  “and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand.”

A new day is dawning, in Israel and in the US, where we are reminded that there is more that unites than divides us.  Let us rejoice in this day, and be grateful that such an excellent candidate is to be confirmed as the new Special Envoy of the State Department to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

If Carr has left a legacy, it is that the job entails action, not only words (or filing paperwork).  If Lipstadt is to leave a mark, it is that fighting Antisemitism is neither a “Republican” or “Democrat” task nor a tool against anyone but Antisemites.  She will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark that is more important than ever.

My parents, both Holocaust Survivors, are the last of the generation of first-hand witnesses, the remnants that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust.  After them, there will not be any direct accounts of the Holocaust.  The task of maintaining the promise “NEVER AGAIN” and pouring action into faith is upon us.  May God the Almighty provide Professor Lipstadt the wisdom and strength to make this appointment into a living reminder of our promise, a breathing and kicking one that endures long after we are no longer here.

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Edited by John R. Houk

This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between author and journalist Norma Zager and columnist Ari Bussel.

Zager and Bussel collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past two decades to promoting Israel and have become “the Jewish Voice on Christian Radio.”

© Israel Monitor, July, 2021

First Published July 31, 2021

Contact:  bussel@me.com

There’s No Denying ‘Denial’ is a Must See


Here is a trailer to the movie ‘Denial,’ based on the true story of a Holocaust denier’s civil suit against Deborah E. Lipstadt portrayed by the actress Rachel Weisz:

 

VIDEO: Denial Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Rachel Weisz Movie HD

 

 

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Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

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Rachel Weisz (LEFT) – Deborah Lipstadt (Right)

 

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There’s No Denying ‘Denial’ is a Must See

 

By Norma Zager

Sent Sep 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM

 

Deuteronomy 4:9 reads:

 

9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children’s children;

In the dedication to me, some ten years ago, Prof. Lipstadt quoted Deuteronomy 32:7:

7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee, thine elders, and they will tell thee.

You are invited to read Norma Zager’s “There’s No Denying Denial is a Must See.”  Denial, in theaters this coming Friday. –Ari Bussel

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Sometimes amidst the grandeur and sequel addiction of Hollywood movie making an important movie is created. Denial is such a film.

The story is based on a lawsuit brought in British courts by Holocaust denier and Hitler advocate David Irving against Professor Deborah Lipstadt.

 

A pivotal point of the movie for me was contained in a question asked by the British judge following the summations: If someone is an anti-Semite, but they truly believe what they are saying, can you prove intent to subvert the truth?

 

An interesting conundrum indeed; can evil be justified if one is a true believer, however wrong they may be? It is a compelling question that good people can easily discern. Were the Nazis guilty of murderous acts if they truly believed the Jews deserved to die? If Muslim extremists believe all other religions are Infidels, is that a justification for their murderous ways?

 

In this time of rampant anti-Semitism perhaps I am taking a risk in posing that question, but it is a fact that so much anti-Jewish, anti-Christian sentiment exists today, that question must be asked. Its implications are universal and timeless.

 

Watching the scenes shot at Auschwitz, I felt the cold chill of death hovering and creeping down my back. The inescapable evil and atrocities committed timothy-spall-as-david-irving-in-denial-at-auschwitzby the Germans are second only to those who would deny their existence.

 

But this is not just about the Holocaust; except as it exists as a lesson that evil has lived amongst us forever and continues to do so.

Wars, bombs and trials will not eradicate the dark side of human beings from this planet. Just as cockroaches may be bombed in an entire neighborhood and still thrive in another area of the city.

 

What is dangerous however and what Denial pointed out was that denying or justifying evil only allows it to thrive and grow.

 

Would anyone in their right mind say it is permissible for ISIS to burn a human being alive, to commit the most heinous of evil acts under the guise of true conviction? Because one totally believes Infidels must die, does that mean it is so?

 

As Dr. Lipstadt points out, some things just are:  The earth is round, there was a Black Plague and Elvis is not alive. There was a Holocaust. Some things we just know. Is not any discussion of these issues giving validity to alternate theories and allowing for a contrary and wrong-minded point of view?

 

Because there are some who wish to dispute these facts and offer fictitious proof of their corrupted ideas, does that change the truth?

 

People should know two things:  The Holocaust existed, and the soul of the world ceased to exist in the gas chambers.

 

As I watched Rachel Weisz, who so brilliantly portrays Lipstadt, standing in Auschwitz reciting a Hebrew prayer, in my mind’s eye I saw the ghosts of my family who perished there. Of all the families who lost loved ones, friends and neighbors.

 

Attempting to create a new truth through the use of lies and denial does not alter reality for any except those who choose to believe that which will support their evil intentions.

 

This is not just a movie; it is a look into the future.

 

As radical Islamists destroy religious icons and traces of Christianity and Judaism as they march across the Middle East and the west, I am worried that when the witnesses to their evil are gone and their task complete, no one will remember and testify to what once was.

 

Denial is a rich and intriguing reminder of how much haters can achieve under the auspices of free speech and political correctness.

The movie is brilliantly acted and the story could not be presented at a better time in human history.

 

As evil challenges the world, we are once again faced with the unpleasant task of stopping its march.

 

In sixty years will another professor be taken on for writing and speaking the truth? Will the effort to stop them be successful, or will good overcome?

 

The power of Denial lies in its truth and passion and in the reality that fighting evil is like a Whack-a-Mole game. Hit one and another pops up.

 

Dr. Lipstadt’s courage is admirable and inspiring; the reality of what she faced, frightening and haunting. Her courage and determination was moving and the brilliance of her legal team inspiring. I cannot escape the fact the story, as compelling as it is, is enhanced by incredible performances.

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Today evil does not exist solely in concentration camps, on one continent or in any single area. It spread like the Black Plague, airborne and deadly.

 

How we shall combat its escalation remains to be seen, but attributing any justification or denying its existence is the ultimate recipe for disaster.

 

The very nature of evil’s existence lies in its conviction good men are reactive and will only strike when pushed far enough. One must wonder after this movie how far is far enough?

 

Altering the facts will never change them, and understanding we must reawaken our passion to protect the moral high ground is paramount to our continuation as a species.

 

Denial is a movie that must be seen, not just because it so eloquently portrays one event in human history, but because it is the reminder the past can never be rewritten and – no matter how ugly – can never be denied.

 

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Deborah Lipstadt Autographed Title Page

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, September, 2016

 

First Published September 23, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com