Avid Editor's Insights

Archive for May 23rd, 2009

Sakharov Widow: World Ignores Shalit Due to Anti-Semitism

Posted by Glezele Vayne on May 23, 2009

BS”D

by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) The widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, Yelena Bonner, delivered a particularly strong pro-Israel speech in Oslo this week. She blasted the Quartet’s peace-making efforts, particularly those of Russia, spoke against the 2-state solution and so-called ‘right of return,’ and took the international community to task for not taking up Gilad Shalit’s cause.

Bonner spoke at the three-day Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering billed as the “human rights” response to Durban II. Over 200 participants from more than 30 countries attended the conference, bringing together some of the world’s leading minds to honor survivors of political oppression and persecution.

Bonner was born to a Jewish Communist activist mother in 1923, and saw her parents arrested in 1937 during Stalin’s Great Purge; her stepfather was executed, and her mother was imprisoned and exiled. She became active in the Soviet human rights movement in the late 1960s, and in 1972, married nuclear physicist and non-Jewish human rights activist Andrei Sakharov. When her husband was awarded the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize, but was barred from travel by the Soviets, she represented him at the ceremony in Oslo.

Excerpts from her speech:

…At the age of 14, I was left without my parents. My father was executed, my mother spent 18 years in prison and exile. My grandmother raised me and my younger brother. The poet Vladimir Kornilov, who suffered the same fate, wrote: ‘And it felt that in those years we had no mothers. We had grandmothers.’ There were hundreds of thousands of such children……Read Sakharov’s Memoirs. It’s a pity his Diaries haven’t been translated; they were published in Russia in 2006. Apparently, the West isn’t interested now in Sakharov.

The West isn’t very interested in Russia either, a country that no longer has real elections, independent courts, or freedom of the press. Russia is a country where journalists, human rights activists, and migrants are killed regularly, almost daily. And extreme corruption flourishes of a kind and extent that never existed earlier in Russia or anywhere else. So what do the Western mass media discuss mainly? Gas and oil — of which Russia has a lot. Energy is its only political trump card, and Russia uses it as an instrument of pressure and blackmail… Russia will remain the way it is now for decades, unless there is some violent upheaval.

…They say people are coming together — but in reality, they are growing apart. And that isn’t because an economic depression suddenly burst forth, and swine flu to boot. [It] began on September 11, 2001. At first, anger and horror was provoked by the terrorists who knocked down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and by their accomplices in London, Madrid and other cities, and by the shahids, suicide bombers who blew themselves up at public spaces like discotheques and wedding parties, whose families were rewarded $25,000 each by Saddam Hussein.

Later, Bush was blamed for everything, and as always, the Jews — that is, Israel… So it is about Israel and the Jews that I will speak… At one time, the Nobel Peace Prize was the highest moral award of our civilization. But after December 1994, when Yasser Arafat became one of the three new laureates, its ethical value was undermined. I haven’t always greeted each selection of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Storting with joy, but that one shocked me. And to this day, I cannot understand and accept the fact that Andrei Sakharov and Yasir Arafat, now posthumously, share membership in the club of Nobel laureates.

In many of Sakharov’s publications… [he] wrote and spoke about Israel. I have a collection of citations of his writing on this topic. If it were published in Norway, then many Norwegians would be surprised at how sharply their contemporary view of Israel differs from the view of Sakharov. Here are several citations from Sakharov: …

“All wars that Israel has waged have been just, forced upon it by the irresponsibility of Arab leaders.” “With all the money that has been invested in the problem of Palestinians, it would have been possible long ago to resettle them and provide them with good lives in Arab countries.”

Click here to continue reading

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

Posted in anti-semitism | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Some funny pics

Posted by avideditor on May 23, 2009

I was in the new lounge and Right2thepoint was showing me some funny pics that he created or found. Here they are enjoy.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in America | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: