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Monday, April 18, 2011

Earl Krugel is Alive In My Heart

I gained so much from Earl Krugel.
I considered myself moderately brave.
I had done things in my life that were scary, boxing in the toughest gyms in L.A.,  fighting on the streets against bigger kids, often outnumbered.
As a firefighter I walked into burning buildings and cheated death, a time or two.
However, I knew that Earl Krugel faced death and uncertainty and real barbarity, every day, and he faced it fearlessly, he truly was not afraid.
He was deeply in love with Lola, his charming wife, she was the center of his life.
He doted on his grandchildren.

Yet, he risked it all for the Jewish people.
He risked it all fearlessly.

He faced violent criminals twice his size, in a small concrete cell, no one to help him, no tools but his belief in morality and G-d and doing the right thing.
Earl and I wrote to each other a lot in the last year of his life.
My wife wrote to him as well, and he always wrote back.
She was fascinated and charmed by this larger than life hero.
She wanted his blessing to name our child Earl Ben Krugel
if it was a boy.
As I interviewed Earl for the website IsraelAmerica  I was impressed with his insightful, analytical way of seeing things. He wasn’t a man ruled by baser emotions.
When I first contacted Earl he was in solitary confinement in the Men’s Federal Detention Center, a justifiably feared building, even by hardened criminals, which of course, Earl most certainly was not.
 I was also in contact with Irv Rubin, OBM, the Chairman of the Jewish Defense League, the heir of Rabbi Meir Kahane, OBM.
Irv said, “This confinement is the most mind numbing punishment ever devised by man.”
It was meant to be.
The techniques being used on Earl and Irv were designed to break down professional killers, usually Arabs.
These two men, these Jews, Irv and Earl had never even contemplated injuring anyone, this according to the FBI.
The next two years were the government’s version of Hell,
However, Earl Krugel smiled every day, and performed acts of loving kindness, and faced an environment totally alien to him, with courage, calmness and compassion.

Not Politically Correct

It is ironic how prescient Earl Krugel's views about the enemies of the Jewish people and Israel were.
Today Arab Muslims are murdering women and children around the world.
Recently Israel announced they had captured the killers of the Fogel family, whose brutal crimes included  the slashing of the baby's throats.
The killers were proud.
They are unrepentant criminals.
Arabs are murdering innocent babies in Africa, Darfur, as well,
because they want the land, and the blacks aren't Arabs.
Arabs are usually intent on killing their enemies, that is, anyone who is unfortunate to be outnumbered by them and bordering an Arab fiefdom.
Earl was ahead of the curve on the problem, he clearly saw evil, and he opposed it.
All decent people should oppose the insanity of the Arab Muslim criminals jetting around the globe.
Earl Krugel did.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Behind the Itamar Murders

It is fashionable when talking about the “peace process” to focus on hope—to try to nurture the moderate elements among our “peace partners” and constantly inject good faith and good will to keep the process moving “forward.”
Because I crave peace by nature, I’ve always had some sympathy for this approach, which is why I have many friends on the left and why I occasionally take a break from my hard-nosed realism to indulge in more dreamlike and wishful prose.
This is not one of those times.
When I saw the horrifying pictures of the Jewish family members in Itamar who were stabbed to death in their own home— Udi and Ruth Fogel (36 and 35 years old), their children Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas, their 3-month-old daughter— I thought of recent reports on the glorification of terrorism in Palestinian society.
It was impossible not to connect the dots.
In the reports, from Palestinian Media Watch, I learned that Dalal Mughrabi, the terrorist who, in 1978, was responsible for the most lethal attack against Israel, is now immortalized by having the following named for her: two elementary schools, a kindergarten, a computer center, summer camps, football tournaments, a community center, a sports team, a public square, a street, an election course, an adult education course, a university club, a dance troupe, a military unit, a dormitory in a youth center, a TV quiz team and a graduation ceremony.
I also learned that today, a Palestinian child can walk to school along a street named after the terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned a bus hijacking that killed 37, spend the day in a school named after Ahmad Yassin, the man who founded Hamas, play soccer in the afternoon in a tournament honoring terrorist Abd Al-Basset Odeh, who killed 31, and end his day at a youth center named after Abu Iyad, who was responsible for killing 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich.
These are the heroes of Palestinian society—not Abraham Lincolns and Albert Einsteins and Martin Luther Kings, but murderers who crave the spilling of Jewish blood.
Before you rush to defend our “new and improved” Palestinian “peace partners,” note that it was Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas who funded a computer center named after Dalal Mughrabi in 2009, and who supported the naming of the square in her honor in 2010.
“Of course, we want to name a square after her,” he said to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Jan.17, 2010.
And who sponsored a sporting event named after one of the most prominent terrorist of all, Abu Jihad, in May 2010? None other than PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the man who is building the “new” Palestine.
Just last year, Mahmoud Al-Aloui, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said in an interview in Al-Hayat Al Jadida: “It is our right and our duty to take pride in all of the Shahids (martyrs), and it is our duty to convey this message in the most direct manner to the generations to come.”
He wasn’t kidding. Only a month ago, PA President Abbas awarded $2,000 to the family of a terrorist who attacked two Israeli soldiers in December.
And the very day before the Itamar murders, PA presidential advisor Sabri Saidam delivered a speech reported in Al Ayyam, in which he emphasized that “the weapons must be turned towards the main enemy [Israel] and internal differences of opinion must be set aside.”
This glorification of Jew-hatred and murder in the name of martyrdom—which marinates all strata of Palestinian society—is happening under the watchful eyes of our Palestinian “peace partners,” who have convinced most of the world, and many Israel supporters, that the real obstacle to peace is not Palestinian incitement to murder but Jewish building of apartments in East Jerusalem.
Even if you’re a passionate peacenik, you have to admit that this is a joke. What does Jewish construction have to do with a Jew-hatred that has been burned into Arab hearts since before the first settlement or even Israel ever existed?
What else but Jew-hatred can explain the consistent refusal by Palestinian leaders to recognize a Jewish state and prepare their people for the inevitable compromises that peace with Jews will require?
As Sari Nusseibeh once said, “How can we Palestinians expect Israel to think we want co-existence when our position on the refugee issue has been tantamount to a call for Israel’s destruction?”
So, here’s my message to my friends in the peace camp. You’ve done an amazing job of telling the world that a peace agreement with the Palestinians is really, really important, and that Israel is primarily responsible for the absence of this agreement.
In fact, you’ve done such an amazing job of blaming Israel that my friend Gary Rosenblatt, editor of the Jewish Week in New York, wrote last week that Israel has become a “source of embarrassment” for many American Jews. Imagine that.
Well, now you have a chance to make amends and bring some balance to your message.
In honor of the children who were stabbed to death in Itamar, you can release this statement to the world: “It is really, really important, for the sake of peace, that Palestinian leaders eliminate the glorification of terrorism and Jew-hatred that permeates their society, and begin immediately to teach the benefits and compromises of peaceful co-existence with a Jewish state.”
Who’s brave enough in the peace camp to sign their name to that statement?

Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel